Adam and Eve: Was Justice Done?

Justice is a dish best served warm. That’s one reading of U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter’s ruling in the restitution battle over Lucas Cranach the… More ›


Famous Monsters of Filmland

Should art museums show film? LACMA has come down on the affirmative side of the question, notwithstanding the Academy Museum being built next door. LACMA has already done a number of major film… More ›


Infinity Rooms Jump the Shark?

You’ve probably heard that six Infinity Rooms will be on display at the Broad next year, as part of a show called “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.” Next month, Kusuma is… More ›


Zumthor Is Still Thinking Solar

In a previous post I noted that LACMA omits mention of solar cells in a new website promoting Peter Zumthor’s planned building. The building had been pitched as capable of generating its own… More ›


Bacon and Chocolate

Francis Bacon was friends with Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG. The children’s book writer shared Bacon’s affection for booze, gambling, and the dark… More ›


Is Zumthor-LACMA Big Enough?

One take on Peter Zumthor’s LACMA building is that it’s too much money for not enough exhibition space. This is a common criticism of museum building projects lately, but LACMA seems to… More ›


Kathë and Friends

The Getty Research Institute has acquired a 654-piece collection of German Expressionist prints and drawings, centering on Kathë Kollwitz. Assembled by Dr. Richard A. Simms and described as a… More ›


What Color Is Zumthor-LACMA?

The newly released renderings for Peter Zumthor’s LACMA redesign leave many questions—starting with what color the museum will be. The concrete structure is now being described as dark… More ›


Getty Buys an Egyptian Minion

Since arriving at the Getty in 2012, Timothy Potts has spoken of expanding the antiquities collection beyond Greece, Etruria, and Rome. The museum has recently made a modest step in that direction by… More ›

Shabti for Neferibresaneith

Quote of the Day: Frank Gehry

“It’s not bad. It could have been terrible, but I’m not against it.” —Frank Gehry on Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s The Broad (Gehry spoke at Disney Hall with Christopher… More ›


Fall Preview

This election season, L.A. museums will vie with Presidential candidates for contrasting views of America, our globalizing world, and women. The highlights include a long-awaited John McLaughlin… More ›


The Broad Adds 29 Works in First Year

The Broad has acquired 29 words of art in its first year of museum operation. The acquisitions include work by Tauba Auerbach, John Baldessari, George Condo, Gregory Crewdson, Sam Francis, Mark… More ›


Quote of the Day: Jimmie Durham

“Here is the real truth, I absolutely hate this country. Not just the government, but the culture, the group of people called Americans. The country. I hate the country. I HATE AMERICA.”… More ›


A Tyeb Mehta Auction Star at LACMA

LACMA is showing an important contemporary painting in its gallery of ancient Indian sculpture. Tyeb Mehta’s Mahishasura (1997) made the news in 2005, when Christie’s auctioned it for… More ›


The Bicycle in Yoruba Art

The UCLA Fowler Museum has reinstalled part of its permanent collection gallery. There’s a new display of the art of New Guinea, and another featuring one of the collection’s… More ›


All the van Goghs in Pasadena

There will be ten van Gogh paintings on view in Pasadena and San Marino this Rose Bowl season. The Art Institute of Chicago is lending its version of The Bedroom to the Norton Simon Museum (Dec. 9,… More ›


A Cross-Culture Box of Secrets

LACMA’s Japanese Pavillion is showing a Kyoto lacquer box with mother-of-pearl inlaid symbols of the Freemasons. The Freemasons are a secretive men’s club that counted Mozart and 14… More ›


Pterosaurs at NHMLA

Art history and natural history have a nodding acquaintance in the quarries of Sohnhofen, Germany. The region’s fine-grained limestone became the basis for Alois Senefelder’s invention of… More ›


Masters of Demim

Demin has been called California’s most significant contribution to fashion. Wrong. Indigo-dyed cotton twill fabric existed centuries before Levi Strauss. As LACMA’s “Reigning… More ›


Fred and Marcia in Laguna Beach

Fred and Marcia Weisman were L.A.’s most notorious art collectors of the 1970s. This summer Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters is memorializing the couple with a living picture of… More ›