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L.A. Collects Dürer, Poet of Melancholy

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It’s not the most Instagrammed thing in LACMA’s “50 for 50,” but one object lays claim to being “the most extensively interpreted work in the history of art.” That… More ›

Global Bricoleurs at the Fowler

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Two shows at the UCLA Fowler Museum provide global context for California’s assemblage tradition. “Making Strange: Gagawaka + Postmortem by Vivan Sundaram” melds two series by the… More ›

The Broad, an Update

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The Broad is installing walls for its debut installation, reports a recent tweet @TheBroad. In other developments, the 100-year-old olive grove is open, in L.A.’s greenest lawn; the sidewalk… More ›

The Flying Machines of Chris Burden

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Chris Burden’s passing has occasioned discussion of whether his multifarious art has an overall narrative. What connection could there be between, say, Shoot and Urban Light? All interested… More ›

Ed Kienholz Sells Out

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LACMA has opened two drawing exhibitions. One, on Ed Moses, features many newly promised gifts from the artist. The companion show is on Moses’ L.A. contemporaries of the 60s and 70s. Among… More ›

Chris Burden, 1946-2015

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Three posts on Fist of Light, The Reason for the Neutron Bomb, and Shoot. Meet Urban Light’s Evil Twin Under the Big Black Mushroom Cloud Chris Burden Meets Regis Philbin      

#HowOldRobot Looks at Art

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The Internet’s new toy is #HowOldRobot. It’s an online app, devised by Microsoft, that guesses the age and gender of anyone in an uploaded selfie. Of course, it works with artistic… More ›

LACMA to Explore Germany’s New Objectivity

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Stephanie Barron’s latest rethinking of German modernism is “New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933.” Debuting at the Museo Correr in Venice in May, it… More ›

Getty Adds Crewdson’s “Flower Pile”

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The Getty Museum has acquired a print of Gregory Crewdson’s Untitled (Flower Pile) (2001), a gift of Trish and Jan de Bont. The same donors gave another photo from Crewdson’s… More ›

The Huntington’s New Front Door

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“Where am I? Where do I go from here?” Many museum visitors ask these questions. The Huntington is attempting to answer them with its new Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center…. More ›

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 ›