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The Getty Museum’s “Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book” (through Sep. 27) includes this c. 1490 English miniature of Christ’s Side Wound. It’s a rhomboid… More ›

A Year of Free MOCA, to Broad Visitors

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The New York Times is reporting that MOCA will give a free museum membership to anyone who brings a Broad ticket to the MOCA box office—during the first two weeks that the Broad is open. The… More ›

Museum Mile as Schrödinger’s Cat

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The A+D Museum has opened in its new downtown home with “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles.” Renderings by PAR (6030 Wilshire) and MAD Architects (Cloud Corridor) both imagine… More ›

The Whitney Discovers L.A.

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Imagine a museum that surveyed Los Angeles art from John McLaughlin to Asco to Mike Kelley. Suppose it owned first-rate pieces by Betye Saar, Ed Ruscha, Charles Ray, Catherine Opie, and Mark… More ›

Quote of the Day: John Baldessari

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“You can’t beat Bernard Buffet. He’s the best at being the worst.” —John Baldessari, in Vogue (Shown, Buffet’s Clown, Yellow Background, 1985)

Saints Reagan, Peter, and Paul

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For the 2016 election year, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will offer relics of actual saints alongside those of “St. Reagan.” “Vatican Splendors,” a long-touring… More ›

A Guardi Villa at the Getty

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The Getty Museum is showing Francesco Guardi‘s View of the Villa Loredan at Paese (c. 1780), a loan from an unidentified private collection. It depicts the Palladian rental home of John… More ›

Wynn Has Museum Plans for Bacon Triptych

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The New York Times has a profile of collector, LACMA trustee, and casino mogul ex Elaine Wynn. Mentioned is her Francis Bacon triptych of Lucian Freud: “I’m going to donate it to a museum of… More ›

MOCA Launches a Project Space

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MOCA Grand Avenue is adding a project space called “storefront:.” Occupying the entrance of the Marcia Weisman Works on Paper Study Center (across from the bookstore), it opens Aug. 31… More ›

A Subtle Agnes Martin in Pasadena

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The Norton Simon Museum is showing a rarely-seen Agnes Martin from its collection. Leaf in the Wind (1963, detail above), is penciled “bricks” on white acrylic. Martin had one of the last… More ›

Hammer to Show Njideka Akunyili Crosby

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The Smithsonian did something right. In 2014 it awarded its James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize to Nigerian-born L.A. artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby. The UCLA Hammer Museum will present a small… More ›

Bernini Bust Has Heads Rolling

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Several cultural officials have been fired over the export of Bernini’s rediscovered Bust of Paul V from Slovakia, reports the Slovak Spectator. The Bernini was acquired earlier this year… More ›

Kuniyoshi Does Tojo

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The Apr. 20, 1942, issue of Time magazine featured photographs of three contemporary artists alongside new work. There was a monumentally scaled caricature of Adolf Hitler by George Grosz; one of… More ›

The Donald Trump of Land Art

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The protection of Michael Heizer’s City in the newly created Basin and Range National Monument was one of the feel-good arts stories of the year. But for an alternative view, see Matt… More ›

Where’s Lysippos?

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The first object you encounter in the Getty Center’s “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World” is a limestone pedestal from Corinth. The inscription translates… More ›

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 ›