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Norton Simon Debuts a Claude Lorrain

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The Norton Simon Museum has put on view a Classical Landscape by Claude Lorrain. It’s among the works that Jennifer Jones Simon bequeathed to the museum. This is a 20-inch-wide horizontal… More ›

A Tatted Museum Assembled by Drones

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L.A. has no drought of museum architecture reportage, but one project deserves more attention than it’s getting: Tom Wiscombe’s increasingly fantastic renderings for the projected Old… More ›

LACMA Unboxes 50th Anniversary Gifts

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LACMA is previewing “50 for 50,” an installation of gifts, mostly promised, in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary. Opening this Sunday, April 26, it will offer free… More ›

Ikko Tanaka at Pacific Asia Museum

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Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) was one of the geniuses of modern design, blending ukiyo-e traditions with abstraction and clever typography. He did logos, print ads, posters, books, packages, and typefaces…. More ›

Quote of the Day: Imelda Marcos

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“I like the modern. I like the abstract. I like them because they get me to thinking. You know, sometimes I do not understand them. But I like things that I do not understand because they make… More ›

William Pope.L’s Ragged Old Flag

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Dark since Hello Kitty Con 2014, MOCA Geffen has made an deft segue to “William Pope.L: Trinket.” (You can never have too many friends! to The Friendliest Black Artist in America.) The… More ›

Imelda Marcos Bought LACMA’s “Goya”

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I’ve just spoken with LACMA’s Patrice Marandel on the museum’s erstwhile Goya painting, Portrait of the Marquesa of Santa Cruz. He confirms that LACMA sold the painting in 1978. The… More ›

Whatever Happened to LACMA’s Goya?

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Christopher Knight may have just solved a mystery. What became of Norbert Kricke’s Space Sculpture, the modernistic centerpiece of LACMA’s 1965 campus? (You’ll find the apparent… More ›

Tapestries of Louis XIV Coming to Getty

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Late last year both the Getty and the Metropolitan Museum opened high-profile shows of tapestries. This December the Getty will return to the medium with “Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis… More ›

Petersen Crowdfunds a 3-Wheel Weirdmobile

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It’s a car! It’s a couch! No, it’s the 1948 Davis Divan. The Petersen Automotive Museum has launched an IndieGogo campaign to raise $30,000 for the restoration of its three-wheeled… More ›

NY, LA Nearly Tied in Contemporary Shows

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The Art Newspaper, which reports that artists from five galleries get 1/3 of all museum shows, also offers this provocative statistic: Los Angeles museums are organizing virtually as many shows of… More ›

Feminist Surrealism 101 in Long Beach

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Diego Rivera loved America—Frida Kahlo, not so much. That’s the subtext of the current Detroit show and of Kahlo’s painting-collage, My Dress Hangs There, (1933-), now on view at the… More ›

LACMA Turns 50

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened to the public on April 1, 1965. See how many museum supporters, celebrities, and artworks you can recognize in these photos by Ralph Crane of LIFE magazine,… More ›

A Jurassic Technology Bestiary

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Smithsonian magazine has a feature on “Los Angeles’s Strangest Museum.” You can probably guess that that’s the Museum of Jurassic Technology (in Culver City). Matt Blitz quotes… More ›

Meet the Broad’s Hipster Cousin

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The construction of the Broad has revived interest in another building with a “veil.” That’s Daniel, Mann, Johnson, and Mendenhall’s American Cement Building (1964) at 2404… More ›

How Anna Whistler Became Norma Bates

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Through June 22 the Norton Simon Museum is showing three magnificent paintings from the Musée d’Orsay. One of them—James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1… More ›

Splish Splash

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Last night Christopher Hawthorne hosted “A Debate Over the New LACMA” at Occidental College. There was some discussion of the merits (or lack thereof) of William Pereira’s 1965 LACMA… More ›

Huntington Installs a Big Western Landscape

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The Huntington has installed Millard Sheets’ 1934 Mural for the Home of Fred H. and Bessie Ranke in its new Stewart R. Smith Board Room. Originally the panels covered four walls of a Hollywood… More ›

U.K. Curbs Its Enthusiasm for L.A. Art

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The Spectator (U.K.)’s weekly e-mail promises a feature on “the greatest American painter you’ve never heard of.” Turns out that’s… Richard Diebenkorn. Martin… More ›

Sturtevant’s Blurred Lines

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Sturtevant was the first and most relentless appropriationist, making a career out of making close copies of other artists’ work. What are we to make of her art? You won’t find any easy… More ›

LACMA Buys a Bernini at TEFAF

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The Art Tribune is reporting that LACMA has bought a major Gian Lorenzo Bernini portait bust at TEFAF. Ursula Schlegel first identified the bust as a Bernini in 1992. It appeared in the Getty’s… More ›

LACMA Is #4, on Instagram

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LACMA is  the 4th-most Instagrammed museum in the world. Michael Govan has lately adopted this as a talking point, crediting the public artworks Urban Light and Levitated Mass for the ranking. The… More ›

Hammer to Premiere Mary Reid Kelley Trilogy

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This summer the UCLA Hammer Museum will showcase three Mary Reid Kelley videos: Priapus Agonistes (2013), Swinburne’s Pasiphae (2014) and, making its world premiere, The Thong of Dionysus. All… More ›

“Zeitgeist” at the Getty

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A 2011 Getty Museum show marked the acquisition of a group of 19th-century German drawings. Four years later the Getty is offering “Zeitgeist: Art in the Germanic World, 1800-1900.”… More ›

Larry Sultan’s Mom Is a Meme

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Larry Sultan’s My Mother Posing for Me (1984), in the artist’s LACMA retrospective, has caught the eye of Twitter wit Uncle Dynamite (@UncleDynamite). SEE ALSO Joseph Ducreux, Master of… More ›