Quote of the Day: Jimmie Durham

“Here is the real truth, I absolutely hate this country. Not just the government, but the culture, the group of people called Americans. The country. I hate the country. I HATE AMERICA.”… More ›

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A Tyeb Mehta Auction Star at LACMA

LACMA is showing an important contemporary painting in its gallery of ancient Indian sculpture. Tyeb Mehta’s Mahishasura (1997) made the news in 2005, when Christie’s auctioned it for… More ›

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The Bicycle in Yoruba Art

The UCLA Fowler Museum has reinstalled part of its permanent collection gallery. There’s a new display of the art of New Guinea, and another featuring one of the collection’s… More ›

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All the van Goghs in Pasadena

There will be ten van Gogh paintings on view in Pasadena and San Marino this Rose Bowl season. The Art Institute of Chicago is lending its version of The Bedroom to the Norton Simon Museum (Dec. 9,… More ›

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A Cross-Culture Box of Secrets

LACMA’s Japanese Pavillion is showing a Kyoto lacquer box with mother-of-pearl inlaid symbols of the Freemasons. The Freemasons are a secretive men’s club that counted Mozart and 14… More ›

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Pterosaurs at NHMLA

Art history and natural history have a nodding acquaintance in the quarries of Sohnhofen, Germany. The region’s fine-grained limestone became the basis for Alois Senefelder’s invention of… More ›

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Masters of Demim

Demin has been called California’s most significant contribution to fashion. Wrong. Indigo-dyed cotton twill fabric existed centuries before Levi Strauss. As LACMA’s “Reigning… More ›

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Fred and Marcia in Laguna Beach

Fred and Marcia Weisman were L.A.’s most notorious art collectors of the 1970s. This summer Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters is memorializing the couple with a living picture of… More ›

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No-Fly Zone

This year’s Hollywood Bowl Museum exhibition has an amusingly narrow focus: posters created to tell pilots not to fly over the Hollywood Bowl during concerts. Dating from the 1970s to the… More ›

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Noah Davis’ Purple Garden Opens

The Underground Museum has opened its Purple Garden, designed by late artist and curator Noah Davis. Davis conceived an urban living room with space for film screenings and performances. Like… More ›

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Unbuilt L.A.—Trump Edition

In January 1990 Donald Trump announced plans for one of the more notorious buildings in the “Unbuilt L.A.” archive. It was to be the world’s tallest skyscraper—”a mixed-use… More ›

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Huguette Caland at the Hammer

Lebanese-born (1931) Huguette Caland is getting a mini-retrospective in the Hammer’s “Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only.” Caland lived in L.A. from 1987 to 2013 and was a… More ›

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“Made in L.A. 2016″ at the Hammer

Biennials mostly shy away from announcing themes or telling “why we chose these artists and not others.” Maybe that’s inevitable for the UCLA Hammer Museum’s “Made in… More ›

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World’s Most Interesting Man

Vice has a piece on James Goldstein, the mysterious scenester who’s donating John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein (“Big Lebowski”) house to LACMA. Writer Michael Hafford reports… More ›

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Getty Adds Roman Portrait, Geometric Vase

The Getty Museum has acquired two important antiquities: a Roman marble Head of a Veiled Woman (c. 175 AD) and a 27-inch-high Geometric vase attributed to the Philadelphia Painter (720-700 BC). The… More ›

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