THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES: Mark Wagner – Money is Material

ArtsComments ⋅ Nov 13, 2013
Having previously featured the likes of Mark Landis, Oliver “Power” Grant, David LaChapelle & Reiner Opoku, Aaron Rose, Steve Aoki, Rick Genest and more, the latest installment of THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES highlights collage artist Mar...

THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES: Mark Landis – Father Philanthropy Pt. 2

ArtsComments ⋅ Jan 17, 2013
THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES presents pt. 2 of its latest video looking at Mark Landis — a curious master forger who also masquerades as a priestly philanthropist. Fifty-eight-year-old Landis, an American painter who is estimated to have successfull...

THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES: Mark Landis – Father Philanthropy

ArtsComments ⋅ Jan 9, 2013
THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES presents its latest extraordinaire — a curious master forger who also masquerades as a priestly philanthropist. Mark Landis is a 58-year-old American painter who is estimated to have successfully donated more than a hund...

THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES: David LaChapelle & Reiner Opoku – Reinventing Yourself

ArtsComments ⋅ Aug 2, 2012
The latest installment of THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES presents artist David LaChapelle and art curator/dealer Reiner Opoku in a piece titled “Reinventing Yourself.” Opoku reckons that the ability to reinvent and reposition yourself is what ma...

THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES: Aaron Rose Discusses ‘The Watts Towers’ in Los Angeles

DesignComments ⋅ Jul 24, 2012
THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES recently had the privilege to sit down with cultural ambassador Aaron Rose to discuss a piece of artwork very near and dear to his heart: The Watts Towers in Los Angeles. Created by hand using salvaged materials from the nearb...

THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES: Steve Aoki – Spirit Shaped by Music

MusicComments ⋅ Jul 4, 2012
THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES presents a latest video starring Steve Aoki. American electro house musician, record producer, and DJ Steve Aoki shares the story of his rise to musical superstardom here and explains how the straightedge punk subculture influ...

THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES: Nicolas Mueller & Circe Wallace

LifestyleComments ⋅ May 15, 2012
The latest from THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES finds professional snowboarder Nicolas Mueller and Los Angeles-based action sports manager Circe Wallace having a free-flowing discussion about the current state of action sports. Upon meeting in Laax, Switzerl...

THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES: TRANSMISSION LA – AV CLUB Curated by Mike D

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 23, 2012
In the continuing coverage of TRANSMISSION LA – AV CLUB at LA’s MOCA which was curated by Beastie Boy Mike D, the AVANT/GARDE DIARIES were on hand for the opening reception. Featuring people from all walks of life – including design...

Roy Choi “Flavor of Los Angeles” Video

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 21, 2012
Perhaps better known as the father of the Korean Taco, Roy Choi is a classically trained chef and valedictorian of his class at the Culinary Institute of America, and a founding partner of Kogi BBQ in Los Angeles. Kogi BBQ, smack at the center of Cal...

Beastie Boys’ Mike D Curates Transmission LA: AV Club @ MOCA Recap

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 21, 2012
In Mike D’s big debut as “art curator,” the Beastie Boys star successfully delivers the second installment of Transmission LA: AV Club at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The 17-day festival sponsored by Mercedes-Benz comprises conc...

Mike D Tours Transmission LA @ MOCA

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 20, 2012
The AVANT/GARDE Diaries present a tour of the new Transmission LA exhibition at the MOCA which was curated by none other than Beastie Boy, Mike D. Featuring installations from Tom Sachs, Peter Coffin, Jim Drain & Ara Peterson, Ben Jones, and Laur...

THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES: Marco Velardi & Christopher Nying – Marching Ahead

StyleComments ⋅ Nov 14, 2011
THE AVANT/GARDE DIARIES is a project started by the German automobile company Mercedez-Benz. The initiative engages contributors from various creative fields to introduce something or someone whom they personally consider avant-garde. The result is a...