Must See Art: Tom Wesselmann at Gagosian Beverly Hills

‘Still Life #29,’ 1963, Oil and printed paper collaged on canvas, 9′ x 12′, ©Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


This Thursday, Gagosian Beverly Hills will be launching a solo exhibition of rare works by Pop Art notable Tom Wesselmann. Wesselmann: 1963-1983 will feature seven pieces created by the artist, none of which have ever been shown on the West Coast. On view until August, the exhibition will showcase the commercial billboards Wesselmann began painting in 1962.


‘Still Life #61,’ 1976, Oil on shaped canvas in 4 parts, 8’8.5″ x 32’7″ x 6’7″, ©Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


Born in Cincinnati in 1931, Wesselmann was an influential figure in the Pop Art world, with his massive paintings that recontextualized images from popular culture, like the Volkswagen Beetle seen in ‘Still Life #29.’

“I used what was around me, so my culture was what I used,” he once said about his work.

Part of ‘The Standing Still Lifes’ series, the seven works in Wesselmann: 1963-1983 were a highlight in the artist’s long career. Comprised of multiple canvases shaped like the objects they depict and mounted on both the wall and the ground, the pieces are three-dimensional scenescapes that pull you into their world. Known primarily for his work that showcases the female figure, these paintings incorporate everyday objects in exaggerated sizes, exploring sexuality and surrealism in an emotional and experimental way.


‘Still Life with Blue Jar and Smoking Cigarette,’ 1981, Oil on shaped canvas in 4 parts, 9′ x 18’5″ x 5’6″, ©Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


“Wesselmann is an artist well known for his forthright and original standpoint on sexuality,” explains Jason Ysenburg, Director at Gagosian, “but that is only a part of his story. In the ‘Still Lifes,’ ‘Standing Still Lifes’ and ‘Bedroom Paintings,’ we are offered a glimpse into an enchanted world where scale, content and the juxtaposition of materials and images is surprising and innovative,” he continues. “What transpires are a group of paintings where sexuality is often implied rather than overtly expressed.”

Since his death in 2004, Wesselmann’s work has become only more sought after, and has been included in multiple exhibitions at The Whitney and MoMA. This latest exhibition follows another recent showcase, Tom Wesselmann: Standing Still Lifes at Gagosian in New York.


Wesselmann: 1963-1983 is on view from July 12 to August 24 at Gagosian Beverly Hills.


Photos: ‘Still Life #29’ by Jeffrey Sturges; ‘Still Life #61’ & ‘Still Life with Blue Jar and Smoking Cigarette’ by Rob McKeever; all courtesy the Estate of Tom Wesselmann and Gagosian

Art Troupe WIFE Brings Spellbinding Performance To LA’s Hammer Museum

Step inside the world of WIFE and witness a mystical phenomena. Born of three Los Angeles-based dancers, (Jasmine Albuquerque, Kristen Leahy, and Nina McNeely), she is known as A Trinity of Illusory Performance Makers.

WIFE creates an all senses engaged theatrical experience. If you have seen her live you know it’s a full body—and out of body—experience. Through projected body-mapping animations, sculpture, light, self-crafted music, costumes and choreography, WIFE makes the imaginary a reality. Although, when you’re in her performance presence it feels more like a fleeting moment of surreality—an electric alternate reality you want to stay suspended in.



On Wednesday, June 22, WIFE (represented by Maavven) brings her latest creation, Enter The Cave, to Hammer Museum in LA. Loosely based on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Enter the Cave is a story of transformation and transcendence told through illusion. The performance is meant to rearrange our notions of reality, space, and time.

The free performance begins in the Hammer Museum Courtyard at 7:30PM PST and can be live streamed, here.

BlackBook Archives: In and Around LA With Uffie

It took Uffie three years to finish her debut album. Now that it’s finally done, the Paris-based hip-hop MC takes a much-deserved break to revisit her West Coast hangs (May, 2010). 

“You can’t just pull an album out of your ass,” says Uffie, the 22-year-old rapper, by way of accounting for why it’s taken her three years to finish her first record, next month’s Sex Dreams & Denim Jeans. “The other stuff I’d done was just for fun. I had to find my style, musically, and my artistic confidence.”

Her 2006 EP Pop the Glock brought her to the attention of the international club scene and propelled three years of continuous touring. It was the birth of her daughter Henrietta last October (the father is Parisian graffitist and nightlife player André Saraiva) that finally pushed Uffie to get o the road and into the studio. Once there, she recorded the album’s lead single with Pharrell, her favorite hip-hop artist.

Although being a mother hasn’t tempered the Paris-based singer’s willingness to talk explicitly about sex—on “Pop the Glock,” for example, she calls herself a “badass bitch/ I’m rated X/ I’m gifted/ Ain’t gotta sell sex”—it has changed her entire perspective on life. “Your child is the only person in life you love more than yourself. I don’t want to spend as much time wasting my youth in the clubs. She’s a reason to get up in the morning.”

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Dim Mak Studio

4953 Hollywood Boulevard

This is the office of my friend Steve Aoki’s label, Dim Mak Records. It’s also a store where they sell their merchandise. We play poker here and it’s a general hangout a er shows, especially after this weekly gig on Tuesday nights at CineSpace [6356 Hollywood Boulevard]. The Dim Mak team is a great group and they’re involved in all of the festivals. I met Steve at one of my first gigs at the Winter Music Conference in Miami in 2007 and we’ve been best friends ever since.


Amoeba Music

6400 Sunset Boulevard

I came here for the first time in 2007. It’s the biggest record shop ever. It’s cool how they have both new and used stuff. It has every kind of music you could want under one roof. I got a Joy Division album here and I like to browse through the hip-hop.


Skylight Books

1818 North Vermont Avenue

If you’re out shopping at the vintage clothing stores in Los Feliz, you can get a little brainwork in here at the same time. Skylight is my favorite independent bookstore in L.A. It’s intimate and well laid out. Two of my favorite writers are Bret Easton Ellis and Michel Houellebecq. I like contentious, dark stuff.


Fred 62

1850 North Vermont Avenue

They have a front patio, which is key for me. You can people-watch without being too close to the street. The bright colors and retro-kitsch décor inside are fun. This place has great comfort food, like my favorite, mac ’n’ cheese. I left the U.S. for Hong Kong when I was 4, so I didn’t get to spend ample time in diners as a teenager. I still regret missing out on prom and the whole American college experience.

Photography by Zoey Grossman, Styling by Brett Bailey Makeup: Tsipporah using MAC cosmetics, Hair: Judd Minter using Bumble and Bumble, Stylist Assistant: Danielle Defoe. Second image: Coat by Jeremy Scott, Third image: Jacket by Marni, Fourth Image: Jacket by KTZ, Catsuit by Betsey Johnson, Shoes by Doego Bolcini

6 Best Vintage Stores in Los Angeles

Photo courtesy of Tavin Boutique

From cheap $10 thrills to archival investments from Chanel and Lacroix, here are the six best vintage stores in Los Angeles.

Tavin Boutique
Bohemian, travel, romantic — and designer: Some of the adjectives Tavin uses to describe its inventory and customer; it’s vintage for the Gypset babe. Here vintage turquoise jewelry is mixed in with jewels from local designers, special items like Indigo clothing from Vietnam and embroidered Baluch dresses from Afghanistan, vintage pieces grounded in the flowy ’60s and ’70s — and Saint Laurent, Cacharel, Dior, and so on. Expect to spend between $100 to $600 on a dress. You can shop online too.
(1543 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles; Tuesday-Sunday, 12:30 – 6:30 PM)


Resurrection Vintage
If you’re looking for a pristine piece of vintage designer — often “historic” pieces, as the site notes, and willing to spend thousands for it, then Resurrection will be a dream. Hermes, Chanel, YSL, Yohji Yamamoto, Geoffrey Beene, Moschino, Mugler, Dior, Lacroix, you name it. There’s also a location in New York for the east coasters. Prepare yourself for the sticker shock with a little online reconnaissance first. Those interested in renting pieces on a daily, weekly or monthly basis — for shoots, events, etc, can get in touch to make an appointment here.
(8006 Melrose, Los Angeles; Monday-Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM)


What Katie Did
Given the collective Kardashian affection for the modern waist cinching device — the “waist trainer” according to the celeb sisters’ Instagram accounts — there’s a reinvigorated interest in the silhouette best created by strapping on a corset. For the shopper who wouldn’t be caught dead in the cheesy, modern contraptions modeled by sisters K, there’s What Katie Did, a lingerie store whose wares are consistently pulled for music videos, films, and editorials (Interview, WYLDE). Here you’ll find reproductions of vintage styles — i.e. as close as you can get to the real deal from the eras when corsets and shape wear were done best — but new and never before worn. Not exactly real deal vintage, but worth a mention.
(7970 1/2 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood; Monday-Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM)


Owl Talk
Funky, moderately priced finds from Art Deco through the ’90s won’t hurt your wallet — vintage earrings at around $30 are as easy to find at newer, cheekier $10 coin purses emblazoned with labels like “weed money” at Owl Talk, run by sisters Kathleen and Sharon Kroner. Among the vintage are also consignment wares — bring yours in to sell as you peruse a mix of vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories.
(5060-B Eagle Rock Boulevard, Los Angeles; Monday – Thursday, 11 AM – 7 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 12 – 4 PM)


Rose Bowl Flea Market
It wouldn’t make sense to list Los Angeles’s best vintage without mentioning the Rose Bowl Flea Market. If it’s the second Sunday of the month, you have a date with the flea. Admission is $8 and gives shoppers access to over 2,500 vendors selling vintage clothing, antique furniture (be on the lookout for signed pieces), jewelry, art and more. Get there early and wear comfortable shoes.
(1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena; 9 AM – 4:30 PM on the second Sunday of every month, or pay $20 admission for 5 – 9 AM access)


Shareen Vintage
Imagine 7,000 square feet filled with pretty vintage dresses from the ’20s through the ’90s, and imagine Lana Del Rey perusing the selection — Shareen has dressed the songstress for a performance or two. The downtown store is known as a “no boys zone,” so prepare yourself for the feminine treasures you’ll find here. Shareen Mitchell, the shop’s owner, also does vintage and unique bridal if you’re in the market and has created her own vintage-inspired clothing collection, available at the store.
(1721 North Spring Street, Los Angeles; Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 12 – 6 PM)

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia Depicts L.A.’s Gritty Glamour with Trans Artist Zackary Drucker and Model Daisy Clementine

Photographed by Philip-Lorca diCorcia for BlackBook Magazine, Spring 2015. Styled by Anne Christensen.

Beautiful As The Day Is Long

From night at the Palace to afternoon in a mysterious Venice alley, the gritty glamour of L.A. serves as a backdrop to this enigmatic game of hide-and-seek. At the story’s end, model Daisy and transgender performance artist Zackary reunite in a single morphed portrait.

Left: Burberry coat. Right: Calvin Klein dress and shoes

Narcisco Rodriguez top and skirt

Miu Miu coat, top, skirt, belt, and shoes

Proenza Schouler dress; vintage shoes

Marc Jacobs dress and shoes

Salvatore Ferragamo dress; Dolce & Gabbana shoes

Rodarte dress and shoes

Dior coats and top

Models: Daisy @ Next Management L.A.; Zackary Drucker
Hair: Jamal Hammadi
Makeup: Ozzy Salvatierra
Production: Jill Roy
Special thanks to the Ace Hotel, Downtown L.A.


Where and What to Sip in Los Angeles Tonight: Four Wine Bars To Know

Photo: Courtesy of Barbrix

Happy Saturday, oenophiles. It’s spring time–no other reason is needed to start the evening off with a well-picked glass of wine. Whether you’re in New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles, we’ve got expert selections at hand. Enjoy the sommelier picked selections and the stellar ambiance at these wine bars and toast the weekend.

A.O.C. Wine Bar and Restaurant
8700 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Photo: Aaron Cook|AACK Studio

Photo: Aaron Cook|AACK Studio

Owner and Wine Director Caroline’s Styne’s spring wine selections from A.O.C include:

2014 Cassanova della Spinetta, Rosato “This rosé is a blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Prugniolo Gentile, made by one of my all-time favorite winemakers, Giorgio Rivetti,” Styne says. “The wine is a pale salmon color (perfect for Spring!) (ed note: we’ll come back to this!) and is clean, bright and fresh with delicate melon notes and vibrant acidity. It makes the perfect accompaniment to dishes made with the season’s early produce and can hold it’s own through a light outdoor lunch or more serious dinner.”

2012 Patrick Baudoin, Anjou, “Effusion” “This Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley is the epitome of elegance and really speaks of the clean, freshness of Spring. It is bright and lean with hints on the nose and palate of apples and pears and delicate hazelnut. It is at once forceful and elegant showing soft fruit notes alongside a vibrant and racy acidity,” Styne says.

2012 Soliste, Pinot Noir, L’Esperance, Sonoma Coast  “This is an absolutely gorgeous Pinot Noir, from Claude Koeberle of Soliste. This is my kind of Pinot, lean and elegant with pretty pure red cherry and pomegranate fruit notes on the nose and palate, a striking mineral component, silky texture and balancing acidity,” Styne notes. “It is the perfect embodiment of the season.”

2442 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Photo: Courtesy of Barbrix

Photo: Courtesy of Barbrix

Photo: Courtesy of Barbrix

Barbrix sommelier Claudio shares his seasonal selections:

Reisling “Stein. Terassen,” Salomon 2012 Austria  “Spring means my favorite, fava beans, are around and fava & reisling is just a terrific combination. This wine pairs so nicely with the produce this time of year brings” he says.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, La Quercia ’13 Italy  “This medium to full fruit wine pairs great with spring lamb and meats, and complements grilled items too,” Claudio notes.

7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Photo: Courtesy of smoke.oil.salt
Photo: Courtesy of smoke.oil.salt

Stephen Gelber, the Owner and wine director of smoke.oil.salt. suggests these two wines for the warmer seasons:

Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina “I love the Txakolis from the basque region all year-round, but especially the rosés for summer. The Ameztoi Rubentis, from the Getaria region in Basque, is very fresh and lively, with notes of strawberry and melon. It finishes with just a touch of salinity, and is a great food wine,” Gelber notes. “We pour this at smoke.oil.salt. out of a porrone from height, which activates a slight frizzante, and also serve it by the glass. It’s a fun wine.”

Bodegas Bernabé Navarro Tinaja de la Mata “This is an organic white wine, a blend of Merseguera and Moscatel, fermented in amphora without sulfites, rendering it ‘orange,'” Gelber explains. “The result is a wine with bracing acidity, and oxidative tones that give it a structure solid enough to match seafoods or meats. Navarro is a very creative winemaker producing very cool artisanal wines in Alicante. We serve this one by the bottle and by the glass at SOS.”

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen
1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Rustic Canyon - Interior 4 - Emily Hart RothPhoto: Emily Hart Roth

Rustic Canyon Bar - Photo Credit Emily Hart Roth
Photo: Emily Hart Roth

Rustic Canyon’s Wine Director and General Manager Steve Infield shares his picks:

2014 Robert Sinskey Rose Vin Gris Los Carneros “This is a very vibrant rosé with a lot of bright, red fruit quality like strawberry and watermelon that pairs great with the seasonal produce available,” Infield says. “It will also be one of the best wines to drink all through the summer!”

2013 Leitz Dry Riesling, Rheingau, Germany “A great Riesling for those who don’t want sweetness or something too tart,” Infield notes. “Just the right amount of acidity makes it a great wine to drink on its own as the weather gets warmer, or even as a nice white with barbecue.”

12 Coachella Beauty Essentials to Toss in Your Crossbody Bag

Coachella 2014 sunset with balloon chain and Lightweaver. Photo by Alan Paone via Wikimedia Commons 

The passes are in your possession, transportation is nearly settled, you have your outfits and your sunnies packed… Coachella is coming, bbs. But what about the Coachella beauty? Nobody but nobody goes into the desert without a little lip balm…and more importantly, SPF (seriously, slather that sh*t on).

First things first, quickly self-administer a Myers-Briggs personality test, then determine which of the below best fits your needs. Every gal will find her beauty essentials here… so whether you came for AC/DC, Florence + The Machine, or Drake, we’ve got you.

You just want to jam, man. For the girl who smells like patchouli (and maybe a hint of rose), Eminence’s new 3 in 1 cleansing water and Rahua’s body oil are desert lifesavers. And you’d never forget your Aura Spray…

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Clockwise from top left: Petal Perfume OilEminence Rice Milk 3-in-1 Cleansing WaterHeritage Store Aura Smudge SprayRahua Body Amazon Oil

…and you’re even apt to post a product insta to show your beauty goodies. Brands like Korean cult-fave TonyMoly and the brand new Christopher Kane x NARS collab are surefire ways to bring the double taps.

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Clockwise from top left: Tony Moly blueberry lip balmNARS x Christopher Kane blushNARS duo eyeshadow in St. Paul De Vence; Mac Ruby Woo lipstick


You might be in the California desert but they better believe you know your French pharmacy essentials. Hair messed-to-perfection, cheekbones perfectly highlighted, and lashes quickly lengthened…? Sounds about right.
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Clockwise from top left: Embryolisse Lait-Crème ConcentrèBumble and Bumble Surf InfusionBenefit Roller Lash MascaraRMS Living Luminizer


All the Sunglasses You Need for Coachella

We’ve already covered the clothes, bags, and shoes you’ll need to enjoy the desert escapades that Coachella has to offer. Up next? Sunglasses. They’re essential in the desert sun for a few reasons:

1) Protection from the sun
2) Protection from the eyes of security
3) Disguising any lack of sleep
4) Disguising any other… altered states
5) Because they look great

Our favorites range from desert sunset reflecting beauties, to brights, to the glitter filled, to the odd pair that may or may not trip out some of your friends (what is that tiny leopard doing on your face, anyway?) Check ’em out above, then click the links below to shop.

Top row from left: Fendi two tone sunglasses; Markus Lupfer glittered acetate sunglasses; The Row Plas sunglasses; Second row from left: Cutler and Gross metal frame sunglasses; Victoria Beckham aviators; Barton Perreira sunglasses; Third row from left: Illesteva sunglasses; Miu Miu glitter acetate sunglasses; Dita Liberty sunglasses; Fourth row from left: Le Specs acetate sunglasses; Anna-Karin Karlsson cat eye sunglasses; Finlay sunglasses + clip on; Bottom row from left: Ray Ban mirrored sunglasses; Stella McCartney sunglasses; Dior reflected sunglasses

Coachella Shopping: Festival Wardrobe Preparedness 101

If you’re heading to Coachella this weekend, chances are your current activities include intensive wardrobe preparedness practices. Good news: We’ve rounded up the best festival shopping for you. With temperatures in the desert hitting the high 80s, (and an unforgiving sun blaring down just as intensely as music from the speakers) you’re going to want your whole body to breathe. Enter comfortable, effortlessly chic sandals, airy camis and tanks, shorts you can sit in, and the hands-free bags you need to carry all the essentials, from your favorite designers like Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Frame Denim, and more.

Happy shopping, Coachella-goers. Don’t forget the SPF and sunnies.

Above, clockwise from top left: Etro silk crepe camisole; The Row fringed Hunting bag; Etoile Isabel Marant mini dress; T by Alexander Wang silk-twill camisole; Alexander Wang backpack; Michael Michael Kors macrame tank; MSGM floral-applique shorts; Rag & Bone cotton and leather sandals; Stella McCartney denim shoulder bag; NewbarK belt bag; R13 layered distressed denim shorts; Proenza Schouler slingback espadrilles; Pierre Hardy tasseled suede sandals; Antik Batik beaded shoulder bag; Maslin & Co espadrille slides; Frame Denim distressed shorts