Don’t Mess with Bob

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

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?

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

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 ›

"Portrait of Samuel and Eunice Judkins, Ulster County, New York"

A Chinese Bed at LACMA

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 ›

Chinese furniture installation

Henri-Charles Guérard’s Hand Prints

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

“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

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 ›

MMLAA roof

Art Math: Arabella’s Jewels

 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 ›

Math Banner

Should Museums Lend to Galleries?

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 ›

Ruth Asawa sculptures, some from museums

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Opens

This Sunday Hauser Wirth & Schimmel’s gallery-on-steroids opens with a celebration of sculpture by women. HW&S occupies a box the size of a big-box store, with a Course of Empire… More ›


California Scene Gets Its Own Museum

California Scene painting was tough art for a tough time. Created mainly in the 1930s and 1940s, its talking point is familiar to all following the 2016 Presidential race. The little guy/gal has… More ›


Phantom Museum Sighting

Normally indigenous to East Coast media, the mythic “Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art” makes an appearance in an L.A. Biz film review.


Old LACMA to Close in 2018?

The Larchmont Chronicle has a feature on Michael Govan and Zumthor-LACMA. Govan sounds confident about the project’s timeline, saying “The idea is for us to close [partially] as [the… More ›


High and Low

This is what Catherine Opie’s 700 Nimes Road looks like, through People magazine googles. The magazine is running a photo feature.


Art School Confidential

Black Mountain College was a liberal arts college that died James Dean-young, and at about the same time. Black Mountain resonates today because it’s just like art school now and nothing… More ›

Emerson Woelffer, "Last Interment"

A Photorealist for the Huntington

The Huntington’s Virginia Steele Scott Galleries have a one-room installation of recent acquisitions of American art (most of the American rooms remain closed for construction). It is… More ›


ESMoA and Wende’s “Plan”

The El Segundo Museum of Art’s latest exhibition/experience/whatever is “Plan.” Don’t try too hard to figure out the title (though the exhibition does include an Cold… More ›