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Pulitzer Prize-winning alumna Ann Telnaes releases new app: POTUS Pick

September 26, 2012
Digital Producer Magazine

Romney? Obama? Romney? Obama? As interest in the 2012 presidential election builds, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes releases POTUS Pick an app cartoon that givers users the opportunity to choose one candidate, then another, then another, then another and to interact with each while doing so.  Read story

Alumnus' skate board graphics pay homage to titans of modern art and design

September 25, 2012

Skate Artist -- Tony Larson

Art director Tony Larson has created iconic graphics for Girl and Super Brand

Tony Larson possesses an impressive, well-burnished résumé. For many years he was an art director at Girl Skateboards, perhaps the most culturally sophisticated skateboarding company in history. He also served as an art and advertising director at DC Shoes, one of action sport's most commercially successful brands. He is an accomplished painter.  Read story

Disney Brings Alumnus Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie to Life on iPad

September 25, 2012
Chip & Company

Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today the release of Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book, based on Walt Disney Studios’ highly anticipated stop-motion animated film directed by Tim Burton, “Frankenweenie,” in theaters October 5, 2012.  Capturing the creative process from concept to completion, the interactive book integrates videos, vibrant music, and original sketches to offer readers a fully immersive behind-the-scenes look into the making of the movie.  Available on the iBookstore, this book is Disney Publishing’s first to be created with Apple’s iBooks Author.  Read story

REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) names Ruth Estevez as new gallery director and curator

September 24, 2012
Los Angeles Times

REDCAT has named a new gallery director and curator to oversee its visual arts program. Ruth Estevez will take on the job starting November at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, located at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A.  Read story

REDCAT announces new gallery director and curator

September 24, 2012

Ruth Estévez Appointed Director and Curator of L.A.’s REDCAT Gallery

Today REDCAT, the California Institute of the Arts’s (CalArts) contemporary art space at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, named Ruth Estévez as its new gallery director and curator beginning in November. Estévez is currently based in Mexico City, where she served as chief curator of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Carrillo Gil from 2007-2011. She will take charge of the exhibition and publication programs at REDCAT.  Read story

Alumnus Aaron Axelrod premieres 360 degree immersive installation 'Melting Rainbows'

September 21, 2012

Los Angeles based artist Aaron Axelrod unveils "Melting Rainbows," a 360 degree Vortex Dome theater presented by c3: Center for Conscious Creativity and Vortex Immersion Media. Axelrod’s "Melting Rainbows" fully immerses viewers in the experience of both a filmed and live visual hallucination including melting, dripping and color-shifting imagery.  Read story

Michael Ned Holte, School of Art faculty, to co-curate 2014 'Made in L.A.' biennial

September 20, 2012
Los Angeles Times

Hammer taps Karin Higa and Michael Ned Holte for 2014 biennial

Just a couple weeks after the closing of its 2012 "Made in L.A." biennial, the Hammer Museum has chosen curators for its 2014 event.

The museum has tapped two independent writer-curators who live in L.A.: Karin Higa and Michael Ned Holte.  Read story

New York Times interviews alumnus director Tim Burton

September 19, 2012
The New York Times

Tim Burton, at Home in His Own Head

IT would be a tremendous disappointment if Tim Burton’s inner sanctum turned out to be a sterile environment, barren except for a telephone on its cold white floor; or a cubicle with a “World’s Greatest Dad” coffee mug. Instead, the workplace of the filmmaker behind invitingly grim delights like “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands” is a definitive Burtonesque experience: on a hill here in north London, behind a brick wall and a mournful tree, in a Victorian residence that once belonged to the children’s book illustrator Arthur Rackham, it lies at the top of a winding staircase guarded by the imposing portraits of Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee. Its décor is best characterized as Modern Nonconformist (unless Ultraman toys and models of skeletal warriors are your thing), and when the master of the house greets you, his drinking glass will bear a poster image for “The Curse of Frankenstein.”  Read story

Alumna Catherine Opie launches new work in Socrates Sculpture Park's billboard series

September 19, 2012

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- Socrates Sculpture Park announced the presentation of Untitled (Stump Fire #4) by artist Catherine Opie. Opie’s image, 11’ x 28’, on view at Socrates Sculpture Park through March 31, 2013 and is the newest installment of the Park’s ongoing Broadway Billboard series.  Read story

Alumni directors John Lasseter, Brad Bird and Henry Selick cited in article on Tim Burton’s 'Frankenweenie.'

September 19, 2012
The List

Revisiting: Frankenweenie (1984) (4 stars)

Tim Burton’s original Frankenstein tribute is lovingly constructed, despite its troubled past.

It’s hard to know what Disney were thinking when they took on Tim Burton in 1979. Freshly graduated from CalArts (alongside future Pixar bods John Lasseter and Brad Bird, as well as The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick), Burton had already shown a flair for the macabre with his mad scientist cartoon Stalk of the Celery Monster. This was followed in 1982 by stop motion short Vincent, in which a young boy dreams of becoming a maniacal villain in the Vincent Price mould. So the studio shouldn’t really have been surprised when, two years later, Burton delivered the thirty-minute live action short FrankenweenieRead story

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