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Morris Newman

  • Broad Art Center lifts concrete divide from UCLA

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In remodeling UCLA's old art school building, architects Richard Meier and Michael Palladino have taken a building that was essentially a wall and made it into a window. And the view through the window is good.

    Far more than a facelift of a tired facade, the Broad Arts Center is a...

  • Designing woman preserves observatory’s past for future

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Brenda Levin sometimes said that she wishes her original architectural designs would get as much attention as her historic-preservation efforts, such as the restoration she's just completed of the Griffith Observatory. If so, there is no detectible ambivalence in her voice on this...

  • Surprise lesson lurks in show of painters’ works

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Outwardly, the paintings of the Philip Guston and Giorgio de Chirico do not have much in common. De Chirico's world is a silent place of deserted plazas, long afternoon shadows and motionless trains. In his interiors, faceless mannequins sit in airless rooms, surrounded by spears,...
  • Which came first: the building or the dress?

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A model at a Parisian fashion show sports an enormous collar that almost hides her head in an aureole of stiff, folded cloth. So stiff does the cloth appear, in fact, that it could almost be mistaken for concrete. Meanwhile, in Yokohama, Japan, architects have covered the ceiling of...
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  • Dalai Lama Concepts Inspire Works of 3 Jewish Artists

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    To paraphrase an old rye bread ad, you don't have to be Buddhist to admire his holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, or at least that's so in the case of at least three Jewish artists, who lend their artistic voices to "The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama," an exhibition...

  • ‘World Trade Center’ Writer Views Film as Catharsis

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I wanted the movie to be a catharsis," says Andrea Berloff, the screenwriter of "World Trade Center," the Oliver Stone-directed docudrama that opens Aug. 9. "I've felt that way from the beginning."

    The film is a surprising coup for the young writer, a soft-spoken graduate of...

  • Brain-Busting Doc, Eight Letters

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The cult status of The New York Times Crossword puzzle is the subject of "Wordplay," an uneven but entertaining documentary by director Patrick Creadon about the people who design the fiendishly difficult crossword puzzles for The Times and the gifted eccentrics who devote their...

  • Shlub to Hero: Film Sketches Gehry Life

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "He starts out with that," says Barry Diller, alluding to a squiggle-like drawing in the new documentary, "Sketches of Frank Gehry," and "he ends up with this," pointing to a model of the InterActive Corp. (IAC) Building, currently under construction in Manhattan. Although made...

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