Quote of the Day: Barbara Kruger

“To be honest with you, I’ve never listened to an acoustic guide. I’d rather go to hell.” —Barbara Kruger on the Broad’s audio guide app

Barbara Kruger, "You Are a Very Special Person"

Gehry Revisits Japan

Frank Gehry wasn’t even a famous mall architect when the brand-new LACMA tapped him to design the installation for “Art Treasures from Japan,” a 1965 blockbuster. Revisiting the… More ›


Quote of the Day: Philippe Vergne

“The one word that gives my generation such vexation is the one thing I think a museum should stand for—connoisseurship. The art world is dominated by galleries, art consultants, art fairs,… More ›


Alex Israel’s “As It Lays”

Alex Israel is like Jeff Koons, only less so. The art market adores him. Curators, not so much. Despite that, Israel is having a museum moment. LACMA has put on view a large painting, Sky… More ›


Facial Recognition, Cold War & Beyond

The Wende Museum will present the intriguingly narrow and super-relevant “Facial Recognition” (Dec. 12, 2015-Mar. 18, 2016). It draws on the archive of Checkpoint Charlie guard Peter… More ›


“Rain Room” and the Art of FOMO

Random International’s Rain Room has been a hot ticket on three continents. Now at LACMA, it is high in buzz, low in critical likes. For Christopher Knight, it’s “brainless… More ›

Rain Room

Bad Art Museum Reviews

“Bad Art Museum Reviews” is a relatively new blog offering “a curated exhibition of the best worst museum and gallery reviews.” It’s mostly taken from Yelp users, a tough… More ›


Timken Buys a Zurbarán

This year San Diego museums have added two Zurbarán paintings, both of Saint Francis. The first was a 1665 work acquired by the San Diego Museum of Art. Now the nearby Timken Museum has bought an… More ›


“Treasured Textiles” at the Fowler

The UCLA Fowler Museum has another ought-to-be blockbuster. “Treasured Textiles from the American Southwest: The Durango Collection” displays some of the finest specimens of 19th-century… More ›


MOCA Miracle Mile

More scrambled museum geography from Forbes and Perez Hilton.  


The L.A. School in El Segundo

The El Segundo Museum of Art turns museology upside-down. It doesn’t have a collection or a starchitect building. Instead it has something most L.A. museums lack: pedestrian traffic. ESMoA… More ›


La Dolce Vita

On Feb. 28, 1693, Bolognese Senator Francesco Ratta threw a blow-out feast marking his retirement from politics. The pièce de résistance was a 22-foot-high sculpture in sugar. Designed… More ›


JANM Given Henry Sugimoto Collection

Madeleine Sugimoto, the daughter of Henry Sugimoto (1900-1990), has given the Japanese American National Museum a large collection of her father’s artwork and archival objects. Building on two… More ›

Henry Sugimoto, untitled

Weimar Thing

Before “Thing” meant L.A. sculpture, and long before the Internet of Things, there was “the character of things.” That’s an English translation of a German idiom… More ›


SFMOMA Won’t Actually Be the Biggest…

SFGate is reporting that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Snøhetta-expanded building, to open May 14, 2016, will be the largest modern/contemporary museum in the nation. It is set to… More ›


A Room of Renaissance Bling

LACMA has updated its room of Renaissance luxury objects. The new space is more open and airy, and it better serves one of the most amazing Dutch paintings in America, Hendrik Goltzius’ The… More ›


Pasadena to Remember Duchamp

Next year the Norton Simon Museum will mine its archives for “Duchamp to Pop,” an exhibition exploring Marcel Duchamp’s influence on 1960s art. The pre-Norton Simon Pasadena Museum… More ›

Julian Wasser, "Duchamp Playing Chess"

A Picasso “Joker” at the Getty

The Getty Museum is showing a rarely seen early Picasso, Bibi la Purée, on loan from a private collection. Jonathan Jones compared it to “an early design for The Joker.” Coulrophobics,… More ›

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Champs Élysées or Bust

If L.A. builds enough cultural institutions on Grand Avenue, will it get pedestrian traffic? Eli Broad has recently dialed back his prediction that Grand Avenue is destined to be the Champs… More ›


Lawren Harris, Breaking Bad

Lawren Harris was Canada’s most acclaimed artist. Then in 1938 he moved to New Mexico and became a really bad painter. That is the conventional understanding. As Steve Martin put it,… More ›


Coconut Cups & Caskets at LACMA

LACMA’s Latin American galleries are showing two silver-mounted coconut-shell cups, used to sip chocolate in 17th- or 18th-century Mexico. They imitate Mesoamerican chocolate vessels… More ›


Hammer to Show Paul McCarthy Drawings

This year’s Hammer Gala included the announcement that the museum is organizing a show of Paul McCarthy drawings. Meanwhile another McCarthy drawings exhibition opens next month at the… More ›