Endless Column, Endless Summer

LACMA’s California design gallery is showing several recent acquisitions, among them a set of mid-century (c. 1955) garden sculptures by La Gardo Tackett for Archtectural Pottery. They were… More ›

La Gardo Tackett, "Garden Sculpture, Model IN"

The Broad Will Require (Free) Tickets

The Broad is expecting big crowds when it opens Sep. 20. Visitors will require free tickets, an arrangement similar to that used by the Getty Center when it opened in 1997. Those wanting to see the… More ›


Flatness, Fakeness, Kitsch

This summer the UCLA Hammer Museum has a thought-provoking show of staged photographs, “Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition.” Also this summer, as every summer since the… More ›


Quote of the Day: Mark Bradford

“If Home Depot doesn’t have it, Mark Bradford doesn’t need it.” —Mark Bradford, in Calvin Tomkins’ profile for The New Yorker (Shown, Bradford ‘s Black and White, 2015, in the… More ›


PoMo Meets Porno

Writing in the Huffington Post, architect Lance Hosey has a think piece on the surprisingly widespread phenomenon of buildings that look like women’s bodies. Naturally, Arata Isozaki is… More ›


A Japanese Superhero Makes a Debut

For some time LACMA’s Japanese art curator Robert Singer has been speaking of the “Big Guy,” a monumental Bishamonten sculpture he hoped to acquire. Now the museum has put on view a… More ›


Art Fact: Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin once had a job as John Huston’s driver. In 1933 Huston, a hard-drinking Hollywood screenwriter (not yet a director), killed a pedestrian in an auto accident. He stopped driving and… More ›

Agnes Martin, "The Wedding,: 1958

LACMA Lands a Japanese Print Collection

LACMA has scored another major promised gift in its anniversary year: Barbara S. Bowman’s collection of Japanese prints. The debut installation, “Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints… More ›


An “Urban Light” Precursor

Paul Haddad, in the Huffington Post, has a piece on a relatively little-known antecedent to Chris Burden’s Urban Light, Shelia Klein’s Veronica. It’s at the corner of Vermont and… More ›

Shelia Klein, "Vermonica"

How a Havemeyer Degas Made It to L.A.

LACMA’s “50 for 50″ is showing many important-though-little-known works, plus a Degas that is already famous. At the Café-Concert (The Song of the Dog) is part of the promised… More ›


Alfred Barr & La Brea Tar

“I certainly hope they don’t build over the tar pit. Aesthetically that tar pit is neo-surrealist in the way people stand around it as if it were some ancient religious shrine and watch… More ›

La Brea Bubble

Andrea del Sarto, Slacker Genius

“Andrea del Sarto” was a nickname. Dad was a tailor—that’s sarto, as in sartorial. Another nickname was Andrea senza errori—”Andrea the Perfect.” His skill in… More ›


Quote of the Day: Miriam Schapiro

  “People forget that the origin of the word ‘sentiment’ also gives rise to ‘sentience’ and ‘sensibility.’ And those are all words about feeling. So if… More ›

Miriam Schapiro, "Big Ox" (1967)

Deitch on the Beach

The Huffington Post has a photo feature on Jeffrey Deitch’s street artist project at Coney Island. Several L.A. artists are included (shown, Mister Cartoon and Retna—photos (c) Jaime Rojo.)


Where’s Barry?

When the Hammer Museum opened in 1990, the first artwork visitors encountered was a can’t-be-unseen portrait of founder Armand Hammer. In a gilded frame, the Hammer painting glowered down at… More ›


Janet Sobel, Mother of Drip Painting

There is a short list of artists who did “drip paintings” before Jackson Pollock did. Among them is Denmark and L.A.’s Knud Merrild. The one early dripper documented as an influence… More ›

Janet Sobel, "The Burning Bush"

Arrested Development

At the risk of continuing a drumbeat of acquisition news… LACMA’s Unframed blog has announced 12 works acquired by its Decorative Arts and Design Committee. One is Pedro Friedeberg’s… More ›


Getty Finds a Lost Bernini

Marbles by Bernini are rarer than paintings by Caravaggio or Vermeer in U.S. museums. Until this year, there were just two or three Berninis. Now there are two more, both in L.A. Just announced is a… More ›


Broad Keeps Buying

Three months before the museum’s opening, the Broad has announced over 50 new acquisitions, ranging chronologically from a 1954 Rauschenberg combine to 2015 works by John Baldessari, John… More ›