Cecile Bartman Gifts a Peto Deception

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

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

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

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

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

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″

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 ›

Summer #1

LACMA Shows an Adaline Kent

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

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 ›


Museum Row East

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 ›


A Parmigianino on View at Getty

Tyler Green reports that a “superb” Parmigianino is on loan to the Getty. Madonna and Child with the Infant St. John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene is dated about 1535.


Claire Falkenstein at PMCA

Claire Falkenstein had brilliant careers in the Bay Area, New York, Paris, Italy, and Los Angeles. Her sculpture, or some of it, was once pegged as the 3D equivalent of Jackson Pollock‘s… More ›


Walter Van Beirendonck’s Dandyism

Go into any room of LACMA’s “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015″ and look for the most transgressive outfit you see. There’s a lot of completion—this is three… More ›


The Broad on Jeopardy!

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

“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 ›


Museums Set Free

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 ›

"Turner: Painting Set Free" at the Tate

Phantom Museum Sighting

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


Underground in Seattle

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

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 ›