Zoot Suit, Before and After

LACMA’s zoot suit has a write-up in today’s L.A. Times and in the museum’s Unframed blog. Though purchased in 2011 for a record price, the museum didn’t publicize the… More ›

Zoot Suit

Groundhog Day

“The opening of The Broad cements Los Angeles as a major contender…” —Eric Minh Swenson, Huffington Post, Sep. 30, 2015 “Los Angeles… has the potential to become a capital of… More ›


Andy Warhol’s Bad

Through April 3, Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art has a show of Andy Warhol‘s screen print portfolios. It includes early paper versions of Marilyn, the Soup Cans, and… More ›


The Republican War on Poetry

Among the more surprising names in the artist roster for the UCLA Hammer Museum’s 2016 biennial is poet and novelist Aram Saroyan (son of William Saroyan). It was the younger Saroyan who, in… More ›

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An Lawrence Etonian for Bath

The Holburne Museum in Bath, England, has raised £450,000 to acquire Thomas Lawrence’s oil sketch of Arthur Atherley. The Harry Potter stare will look familiar to many Angelenos, as it was… More ›

Thomas Lawrence, sketch acquired by Holburne Museum

Artist in the News

On Tuesday the Supreme Court refused a challenge to the Affordable Care Act brought by Oregon artist Matt Sissel. Above, Sissel’s German Wire-haired Pointer (2009).


Kaleidoscopes as Art

Walk-in kaleidoscopes, presented as serious art, are having a moment. You waited in line two hours to see the Broad… did you get to see Yayoi Kusama‘s Infinity Mirrored Room? It could be a… More ›


A Notorious Romanino at the Getty

A Renaissance painting that was the subject of a restitution battle is now on loan to the Getty Museum. Christ Carrying the Cross, a major work of Girolamo Romanino (c. 1542), had been stolen from… More ›


The Enigmatic Art of India

Why would an 18th-century Indian artist paint a shrieking white dude, bit on the chin by a pink snake? Your guess may be as good as those of qualified scholars. Not in doubt is that this… More ›


MOCA’s New Year

In July 2013 Jeffrey Deitch took his disco ball and went home. His successor Philippe Vergne pretty much erased the chalkboard, leaving MOCA with few exhibitions in the pipeline. 2015 turned out to… More ›


“Hard Edged” at CAAM

The Norman Lewis show in Philadelphia is ranking high in “Best of 2015″ lists. Lewis juggled Ab Ex and racial politics back in the so-called American century. A complement, in a way,… More ›


LACMA’s New Year

LACMA has announced exhibitions for 2016 and early 2017. Among them are surveys of Toba Khedoori and Moholy-Nagy; a large show of German Renaissance art; an exhibition built around the mutual… More ›


Concert of Shills

In the Getty Iris, Robert Irwin talks about working with Richard Meier. “Richard Meier had his own ideas about what the garden should be. It took a year and a half of nightly meetings every… More ›


Holiday Break

Posting will be light to nonexistent through the holidays. In the mean time, here are links to some of the most popular posts of 2015. (Photo by Yelp! user Alexandra K.) The New Petersen Is Like… More ›


Whatever Happened to Charles Le Brun?

Louis XIV rated Charles Le Brun “the greatest French artist of all time.” Not many agree with that assessment today. Nonetheless, Le Brun is undergoing a revival of sorts. The latest… More ›


Soviet Hippie Collection to Wende

The Wende Museum has acquired a collection of “Soviet hippie” photographs, scrapbooks, home movies, and other artifacts. The Zaltsev collection documents the Sistema, a loose network of… More ›