Ed Ruscha and the Art of Being in Los Angeles

The Artist Captures the Deeply Two-Dimensional City Like No One Else

Ed Ruscha is expected to reappear in Los Angeles this summer, after having been absent for a decade. Ruscha is the artist who famously didn’t leave, when leaving L.A. for New York became the conventional career move. But Ed Ruscha the artwork is gone. A youthful, fleshy Ruscha, 70 feet tall, casually posed, painted by the muralist Kent Twitchell in 1987 on a wall overlooking a parking lot on Hill Street, was painted over by government contractors in 2006. The loss of Twichell’s Ed Ruscha Monument became the subject of …

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The Koreans Are Coming! The Koreans Are Coming!

Korean Air Is Building the Tallest Building in L.A. It’s a Remarkable But Unsung Testament to How Far a Country and Its Emigrants Have Come.

The Hanjin Group of South Korea, better known to Americans through its flagship subsidiary Korean Air Lines, is in the process of building the tallest structure west of the Mississippi. …

The Saints of Skid Row

The Stories of Saints and Streets Intersect All Over L.A., and Especially at San Julian Street

A dozen years or so ago, I set out to find connections between the stories of 100 saints and the streets that bear their names here in Los Angeles, a …

Architect Hernan Diaz Alonso

Thank You For Smoking

Architect Hernan Diaz Alonso is principal of Xefirotarch and graduate programs chair at SCI-Arc. Before participating in a panel on the future of downtown L.A.—where he’s lived since 2001—he sat …

Urban Planner and Designer Melani Smith

Why Yes, I Am Busy Doing “Research”

Melani Smith is director of planning and urban design at downtown L.A.-based design firm Meléndrez; she’s currently working on the Figueroa Corridor Streetscape Project, which will link South L.A. and …