Pre-Raphaelites in Love

The Getty’s current drawing show features this new acquisition, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Study of Fanny Cornforth Asleep on a Chaise-Longue (1862). Cornforth was Rossetti’s… More ›

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Fanny Cornforth"

Walter Askin’s Laughing Philosophers

Through Oct. 24, Cal State L.A.’s Luckman Gallery is presenting “Walter Askin: Mainstreaming the Muse.” A set of five small bronzes, mounted at eye level, are particularly of the… More ›


Quote of the Day: Jim Shaw

“For a lot of the things that I buy on eBay, I’m the only bidder.” —Jim Shaw in The New York Times. His show at the New Museum, New York, opens today and runs through Jan. 10,… More ›


The Children’s Museum

Kids love dinosaurs and mummies. Beuys and Kiefer, not so much? The Broad may be rewriting that rule. Yesterday, the downtown museum was packed with parents, children, and infants in strollers. The… More ›


The Artist’s Life

(From Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia, 1960 edition. Photo of Maurice Utrillo by Sanford Roth, in LACMA’s collection.)  

Samuel Roth, "Maurice Utrillo"

Getty Adds a Gothic Alabaster

The Getty Museum has acquired an alabaster Saint Philip (1420s) by the Master of the Rimini Altarpiece. It becomes just the third medieval sculpture in the collection and is already on view in… More ›

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A Spanish “Saint John” at LACMA

LACMA has put on view Esteban de Rueda’s life-size Saint John the Baptist (c. 1620), a loan from London/Madrid dealers Coll & Cortés. Rueda is now understood to be one of the most… More ›


Exploring the Broad’s Vault

One universally praised feature of the Broad is Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s two porthole windows into the storage space (the “Vault’). By my count, the windows afford a view of… More ›


Quote of the Day: Frank Gehry

“When you get the kind of blowback from those people that I know and who I thought were smarter than that, you begin to question their integrity. Going forward, do I really want to work with those… More ›


LACMA’s Damascus Room Revealed

LACMA’s Unframed blog has photos of the restored c. 1766 Damascus room, acquired in 2011 and set to become the museum’s only period room. Like all period rooms, it will be a blend of… More ›


“The Art of Our Time” at MOCA

It’s not getting much attention, for obvious reasons, but MOCA Grand Avenue has a quietly spectacular full-building installation of its permanent collection. “The Art of Our Time,”… More ›


The Broad Preview

The Broad held a press preview yesterday. Here are some photos and a few initial reactions. • The inaugural installation is not the collection you’ve seen before (say, at BCAM in… More ›


Edythe, Edythe, Edythe

Lately it’s been all Eli, Eli, Eli. Let’s not forget the Broad who started the art collection, Edythe. In 1987 both Broads sat to portraits by Robert Mapplethorpe. Eli comes off as an… More ›


The Broad Is Random. Does It Matter?

The Broad’s opening is drawing press around the globe. Much of it is laudatory, especially in publications not primarily covering art. (There’s a rave review in The Robb Report.) Among… More ›


Broad v. Guerrilla Girls: An Update

Have you ever written a nicely worded complaint and gotten nowhere? In 2008 the Guerrilla Girls created a classic letter-poster on the occasion of BCAM’s opening. They observed that the Broad… More ›


A Garden for Noah

Karon Davis, wife of Noah Davis, is asking for donations to complete the Underground Museum’s community garden, in Noah’s memory. Donations can be dropped off at the Underground Museum… More ›

Noah Davis, "Pueblo del Rio: Prelude"

The Real Meets the Ideal

This summer the Getty Center has offered at least two challenges to conventional wisdom. The one getting the most attention, “Power and Pathos,” offers a once-in-a-lifetime selection of… More ›


Who Is Carol Lee Brosseau?

Fans of art-world reality shows already know that sorority sisters Carol Lee Brosseau (right) and Miller Gaffney (left) are to be the stars of Art Breakers, a series debuting Oct. 4 on Ovation. Both… More ›


China’s Modern Refuseniks in San Diego

What American museum has the strongest collection of Chinese painting? Wrong. It’s the San Diego Museum of Art, according to Anita Feldman, SDMA’s newly appointed deputy director of… More ›


Fall Preview 2015

The Broad’s Sep. 20 opening (ticketing starts today) will command local and global arts coverage attention this fall. But there will a lot more happening. Start across Grand Avenue. Beginning… More ›


Actual Size

The Getty Museum’s “Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book” (through Sep. 27) includes this c. 1490 English miniature of Christ’s Side Wound. It’s a rhomboid… More ›


A Year of Free MOCA, to Broad Visitors

The New York Times is reporting that MOCA will give a free museum membership to anyone who brings a Broad ticket to the MOCA box office—during the first two weeks that the Broad is open. The… More ›