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Unbuilt L.A.—Trump Edition

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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 ›

A Hawaiian Museum Chooses Candy Over Art

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Citing laggard fund raising, Honolulu’s Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum has cancelled its planned presentation of “Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali’i,” the show… More ›

Huguette Caland at the Hammer

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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 ›

Huntington Expands Greene & Greene Display

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For the past year, many of the Huntington’s American art rooms have been closed for construction of the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing, designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners and set… More ›

“Made in L.A. 2016″ at the Hammer

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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 ›

World’s Most Interesting Man

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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 ›

Getty Adds Roman Portrait, Geometric Vase

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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 ›

Cecile Bartman Gifts a Peto Deception

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Cecile Bartman was not only a longtime LACMA docent but the donor responsible for some of the museum’s greatest American paintings, among them Thomas Eakins’ Wrestlers. She died last… More ›

Orrin Hatch Questions ESMoA Hours

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Sen. Orrin Hatch has written the IRS with results of his survey of 11 private museums, including the Broad and the El Segundo Museum of Art. “I am… concerned,” he writes, “about… More ›

Eyvind Earle at Forest Lawn

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Eyvind Earle (1916-2000) is rarely mentioned without Disney in the next breath. It was Earle who created the backgrounds for Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty, a trippy hybrid of Limbourg… More ›

De Hooch’s iPhone

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At Amsterdam’s Start-Up Fest, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked when and where the iPhone was invented. “You know, I thought I knew until last night,” he said. “Last night Neelie… More ›

Huntington Buys Bloomsbury

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The Huntington’s collection of British painting has discovered a new century: the 20th. The institution has just acquired three modern U.K. pictures: a 1912 Mark Gentler portrait (of Dora… More ›

Hammons’ Hoodie

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The Underground Museum is showing a new (2016) version of David Hammons’ In the Hood. It reads as a reference to Trayvon Martin, but that wasn’t the original intention. The first In the… More ›

Broad Buys Sam Francis “Summer #1″

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Those who think Eli Broad is all about buzz should consider the perceptive, super-focused Sam Francis collection he’s built. That collection got its capstone Wednesday, when Broad paid $11.8… More ›

LACMA Shows an Adaline Kent

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LACMA has put on view a 1953 Adaline Kent sculpture, Finder, that was featured in the 2012 “In Wonderland” exhibition of women surrealists. Made of whitewashed concrete, it’s a… More ›

MOLAA at Twenty

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Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American Art is marking its 20th birthday with an all-museum install of the permanent collection. With many newly acquired objects, “MOLAA at… More ›

Huntington’s “Blinking Sam” Is a Meme

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“Blinking Sam”—the Joshua Reynolds portrait of Samuel Johnson owned by the Huntington since 2006—has become a meme. Internet commenters use the c. 1775 painting to marvel at the sheer… More ›

Museum Row East

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The (former) Santa Monica Museum of Art has announced its new name and address. It’s to be the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), at 1717 E. 7th St. That will bring another… More ›