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An Unctuous Future?

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Butter sculpture, now a fixture of state fairs, has its roots in the legend that the young Antonio Canova first demonstrated his talent by sculpting a lion out of butter. It’s less… More ›

To Live and Die in L.A.

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Comic genius Jonathan Winters lives on—in a sad, creepy, Blade Runner kind of way. Back in 1989 Winters recorded the voice for “Professor Percy Pelican,” an audio-animatron to greet… More ›

Endless Column, Endless Summer

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LACMA’s California design gallery is showing several recent acquisitions, among them a set of mid-century (c. 1955) garden sculptures by La Gardo Tackett for Archtectural Pottery. They were… More ›

The Broad Will Require (Free) Tickets

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The Broad is expecting big crowds when it opens Sep. 20. Visitors will require free tickets, an arrangement similar to that used by the Getty Center when it opened in 1997. Those wanting to see the… More ›

Flatness, Fakeness, Kitsch

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This summer the UCLA Hammer Museum has a thought-provoking show of staged photographs, “Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition.” Also this summer, as every summer since the… More ›

Quote of the Day: Mark Bradford

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“If Home Depot doesn’t have it, Mark Bradford doesn’t need it.” —Mark Bradford, in Calvin Tomkins’ profile for The New Yorker (Shown, Bradford ‘s Black and White, 2015, in the… More ›

Never-Built L.A.: The Koreatown “Broad”

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You can add the above to the Never Built L.A. file. It’s a 2013 rendering of the Korean American National Museum, looking like a doppelgänger of the Broad. Not in an entirely bad way: The… More ›

PoMo Meets Porno

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Writing in the Huffington Post, architect Lance Hosey has a think piece on the surprisingly widespread phenomenon of buildings that look like women’s bodies. Naturally, Arata Isozaki is… More ›

A Japanese Superhero Makes a Debut

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For some time LACMA’s Japanese art curator Robert Singer has been speaking of the “Big Guy,” a monumental Bishamonten sculpture he hoped to acquire. Now the museum has put on view a… More ›

Art Fact: Agnes Martin

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Agnes Martin once had a job as John Huston’s driver. In 1933 Huston, a hard-drinking Hollywood screenwriter (not yet a director), killed a pedestrian in an auto accident. He stopped driving and… More ›

LACMA Lands a Japanese Print Collection

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LACMA has scored another major promised gift in its anniversary year: Barbara S. Bowman’s collection of Japanese prints. The debut installation, “Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints… More ›

An “Urban Light” Precursor

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Paul Haddad, in the Huffington Post, has a piece on a relatively little-known antecedent to Chris Burden’s Urban Light, Shelia Klein’s Veronica. It’s at the corner of Vermont and… More ›

How a Havemeyer Degas Made It to L.A.

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LACMA’s “50 for 50″ is showing many important-though-little-known works, plus a Degas that is already famous. At the Café-Concert (The Song of the Dog) is part of the promised… More ›

Will the Hammer Take Over the Oxy Building?

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Los Angeles Confidential has a profile of UCLA Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin. The article, by Finn-Olaf Jones, mentions “speculation that now that Occidental Petroleum is moving to… More ›

Nathan Farb’s Faces of the Cold War

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Through Sept. 25, the Wende Museum is presenting “Face to Face,” an installation of Cold War portraits in photography and painting. It includes prints from Nathan Farb’s… More ›

Alfred Barr & La Brea Tar

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“I certainly hope they don’t build over the tar pit. Aesthetically that tar pit is neo-surrealist in the way people stand around it as if it were some ancient religious shrine and watch… More ›

Andrea del Sarto, Slacker Genius

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“Andrea del Sarto” was a nickname. Dad was a tailor—that’s sarto, as in sartorial. Another nickname was Andrea senza errori—”Andrea the Perfect.” His skill in… More ›

Quote of the Day: Miriam Schapiro

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  “People forget that the origin of the word ‘sentiment’ also gives rise to ‘sentience’ and ‘sensibility.’ And those are all words about feeling. So if… More ›

Deitch on the Beach

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The Huffington Post has a photo feature on Jeffrey Deitch’s street artist project at Coney Island. Several L.A. artists are included (shown, Mister Cartoon and Retna—photos (c) Jaime Rojo.)

Where’s Barry?

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When the Hammer Museum opened in 1990, the first artwork visitors encountered was a can’t-be-unseen portrait of founder Armand Hammer. In a gilded frame, the Hammer painting glowered down at… More ›

Janet Sobel, Mother of Drip Painting

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There is a short list of artists who did “drip paintings” before Jackson Pollock did. Among them is Denmark and L.A.’s Knud Merrild. The one early dripper documented as an influence… More ›