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The Broad on Jeopardy!

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Contestants on last night’s Jeopardy! were chary of a new category—”The Broad”—not touching it until practically all the other Double Jeopardy clues had been picked. The $400… More ›

Bricolage of Heck

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“Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA” fills MOCA Geffen with installations and other large-scale pieces. Shown for the first time is Evan Holloway’s Left-Handed Guitarist… More ›

“Art of the Austronesians” at the Fowler

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It was linguists, not archeologists, who discovered Austronesia. That culture begin about 3000 B.C. in what we now call Taiwan. It had nothing to do with China (then), though it’s about as… More ›

Museums Set Free

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The Art Newspaper‘s annual report on museum attendance makes a case for free admission, especially if you look at the L.A. figures. Take for instance “J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set… More ›

Phantom Museum Sighting

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—More East Coast media (Bloomberg News) coverage of the mythic Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art

Underground in Seattle

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The Underground Museum continues to attract attention from larger institutions. Seattle’s Frye Art Museum is presenting “Young Blood: Noah Davis, Kahlil Joseph, The Underground… More ›

Met “Girl With Doves” at the Getty

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The Getty Villa has lent over a dozen objects to the Metropolitan Museum’s “Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World” (Apr. 18-July 17, 2016). In return, the Met… More ›

Lundeberg Meets El Greco

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Helen Lundeberg has her first retrospective at the Laguna Art Museum. Above, an unlikely 1959 pairing of Lundeberg and El Greco on the set of her husband’s long-running NBC TV series,… More ›

Sam Wagstaff in Black and White

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Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. is one of the most influential, yet most underappreciated, tastemakers of the 20th century. He probably did as much as anyone to establish photography as an indispensable… More ›

Hammer Adds Moriyama Dog, Ruppersberg Cafe

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Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser have given the UCLA Hammer Museum 75 prints by Japanese street photographer Daido Moriyama, reports The Art Newspaper. The Hammer will exhibit a selection of the… More ›

Don’t Mess with Bob

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In lieu of another article on Los Angeles having an art-world “moment,” The New York Times has a conversation with Larry Bell, Ed Bereal, and Ed Moses. Moses said of Robert Irwin,… More ›

Roman Mosaics at the Getty Villa

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J. Paul Getty was antiquity’s most finicky fanboy. He loved Roman marbles, didn’t care for Greek vases. He liked mosaics. The first he bought, a Gallo-Roman Orpheus and Animals of the… More ›

Why Is the Broad So Popular?

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A recent Broad press release humblebrags visitor demographics that most museums would kill for. The Broad’s audience is young (average age is 32), diverse (64 percent are not in the… More ›

Art Jeopardy!

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Huntington Goes Folk

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The Huntington is embarked on the third expansion of its Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art since 2009. Last year I speculated that the latest set of new galleries, to be devoted to… More ›

A Korean Modernist at Pacific Asia Museum

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The USC Pacific Asia Museum is showing a recent acquisition, Park Soo-Keun’s Homeward Bound, a gift of Herb Nootbaar. Largely self-taught, Park (1914-1965) admired Jean-François Millet’s… More ›

A Chinese Bed at LACMA

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LACMA has a new installation of Ming Dynasty furniture, including a Six-Post Canopy Bed (16th-early 17th century) and a Basin Stand (17th century), both on loan from the collection of Piper Tsung…. More ›

Henri-Charles Guérard’s Hand Prints

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The most aggressively modern works in the Getty Museum’s “Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints” just might be those by an all-but-forgotten artist,… More ›

Quote of the Day: Cindy Sherman

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“I confess I was never a big fan of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, and I think it’s because I saw him as much more commercially oriented than I am. It was jealousy, too. Here he was,… More ›

A New Name for Old Bank Museum

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Curbed reports that the yet-unopened institution formerly known as the Old Bank District Art Museum has a new name: The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art. “Main” references the 401 S. Main… More ›

Art Math: Arabella’s Jewels

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 The Metropolitan Museum’s newest period room is a Gilded Age dressing room once owned by Arabella “Belle” Worsham Huntington, Henry Huntington’s trophy wife with a past. The… More ›

Should Museums Lend to Galleries?

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The controversial practice of museums lending art to commercial galleries hasn’t been on the Los Angeles radar. It is now, big time, with the opening of Hauser Wirth &… More ›