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Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean dies at 83

Dean's "Paul Robeson" originally starred James Earl Jones when it opened on Broadway in 1978. It would go on to several revivals in New York and Europe.

Syreeta McFadden has learned to capture various hues of brown skin.

Light and dark: The racial biases that remain in photography

Syreeta McFadden used to dread being photographed. Cameras made her skin look darkened and distorted. Now a photographer herself, she's learned to capture various hues of brown skin.

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Shepard Fairey pays homage to album art in 50 Shades of Black art show

50 Shades Of Black features pieces inspired by the 12-inch record cover format and is inspired by Shepard Fairey's love for music like British punk rockers the Clash.

Byzantium: Heaven and Earth and Constantinople, too—at both Gettys

At the Getty Center and Villa: What civilization lasted 1,100 years that hardly anyone thinks of as a civilization? Byzantium. And, they invented the fork.

A girl ages from 0 to 14 years old, in 4 minutes

Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester filmed his daughter every week since her birth in 1999. He posted a time lapse video of all of the images he has collected.

Mike Kelley - a (too short) life in full at MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with curator Bennett Simpson about "Mike Kelley," the new exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

A $20 million war is brewing in the font world

We look at a bitter falling out between two of the world's most famous typography designers and what it might mean for the designer-world.

American art to flood US billboards this summer

Five museums say they are organizing the largest outdoor art show to showcase American art nationwide this summer.

LACMA architect Renzo Piano revamps Boston's Gardner Museum

The Gardner Museum got a $118 million renovation by architect Renzo Piano, who brought us the Resnick Pavilion and Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA.

Oakland's American Steel Studios an industrial haven for artists

Big industrial art spaces are becoming hard to afford in the expensive Bay Area. But American Steel Studios in West Oakland has become a destination for all types of artists: sculptors, woodworkers and especially metal workers.

LA artists Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst at the Whitney Biennial

This year, Zachary Drucker and Rhys Ernst — a transgender LA couple — made their debut at the famous New York biennial. They talk with Off-Ramp about their work.

Meet Philippe Vergne, the new man at the helm of LA's MOCA

Earlier this year the Museum of Contemporary Art announced the appointment of its new director, Philippe Vergne, formerly the director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York

Frida Kahlo photo archive now at Museum of Latin American Art

MoLAA in Long Beach is the only West Coast museum to exhibit the recently unsealed photo archive of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

South African artist promotes peace on the US-Mexico border

A 23-year-old graffiti artist from South Africa is visiting the United States-Mexico border to do a mural project promoting peace. His goal is to inspire young people.

Rabe calls for new creative heroes, moratorium on the usual suspects

Hunter S. Thompson, Kerouac, Bukowski, Kahlo ... okay, we get it. They were cool. Now, get off your duff, people, and help us find some new artists to write about.

Pop-art icon Wayne Thiebaud tells his story in 2 SoCal exhibits

We talk with pop-art icon Wayne Thiebaud, now 93, subject of two new SoCal exhibits. He's known for paintings of baked goods, and says he's happy to be known as "the old pie man."