Wynn Has Museum Plans for Bacon Triptych

The New York Times has a profile of collector, LACMA trustee, and casino mogul ex Elaine Wynn. Mentioned is her Francis Bacon triptych of Lucian Freud: “I’m going to donate it to a museum of… More ›


MOCA Launches a Project Space

MOCA Grand Avenue is adding a project space called “storefront:.” Occupying the entrance of the Marcia Weisman Works on Paper Study Center (across from the bookstore), it opens Aug. 31… More ›

Noah Davis, "Imitation of Wealth" installation view

A Subtle Agnes Martin in Pasadena

The Norton Simon Museum is showing a rarely-seen Agnes Martin from its collection. Leaf in the Wind (1963, detail above), is penciled “bricks” on white acrylic. Martin had one of the last… More ›


Hammer to Show Njideka Akunyili Crosby

The Smithsonian did something right. In 2014 it awarded its James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize to Nigerian-born L.A. artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby. The UCLA Hammer Museum will present a small… More ›

"Tea Time in New Haven, Enugu"

Bernini Bust Has Heads Rolling

Several cultural officials have been fired over the export of Bernini’s rediscovered Bust of Paul V from Slovakia, reports the Slovak Spectator. The Bernini was acquired earlier this year… More ›


Kuniyoshi Does Tojo

The Apr. 20, 1942, issue of Time magazine featured photographs of three contemporary artists alongside new work. There was a monumentally scaled caricature of Adolf Hitler by George Grosz; one of… More ›


The Donald Trump of Land Art

The protection of Michael Heizer’s City in the newly created Basin and Range National Monument was one of the feel-good arts stories of the year. But for an alternative view, see Matt… More ›

Satellite view of "City"

Where’s Lysippos?

The first object you encounter in the Getty Center’s “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World” is a limestone pedestal from Corinth. The inscription translates… More ›


An Unctuous Future?

Butter sculpture, now a fixture of state fairs, has its roots in the legend that the young Antonio Canova first demonstrated his talent by sculpting a lion out of butter. It’s less… More ›


To Live and Die in L.A.

Comic genius Jonathan Winters lives on—in a sad, creepy, Blade Runner kind of way. Back in 1989 Winters recorded the voice for “Professor Percy Pelican,” an audio-animatron to greet… More ›


Endless Column, Endless Summer

LACMA’s California design gallery is showing several recent acquisitions, among them a set of mid-century (c. 1955) garden sculptures by La Gardo Tackett for Archtectural Pottery. They were… More ›

La Gardo Tackett, "Garden Sculpture, Model IN"

The Broad Will Require (Free) Tickets

The Broad is expecting big crowds when it opens Sep. 20. Visitors will require free tickets, an arrangement similar to that used by the Getty Center when it opened in 1997. Those wanting to see the… More ›


Flatness, Fakeness, Kitsch

This summer the UCLA Hammer Museum has a thought-provoking show of staged photographs, “Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition.” Also this summer, as every summer since the… More ›


Quote of the Day: Mark Bradford

“If Home Depot doesn’t have it, Mark Bradford doesn’t need it.” —Mark Bradford, in Calvin Tomkins’ profile for The New Yorker (Shown, Bradford ‘s Black and White, 2015, in the… More ›


PoMo Meets Porno

Writing in the Huffington Post, architect Lance Hosey has a think piece on the surprisingly widespread phenomenon of buildings that look like women’s bodies. Naturally, Arata Isozaki is… More ›


A Japanese Superhero Makes a Debut

For some time LACMA’s Japanese art curator Robert Singer has been speaking of the “Big Guy,” a monumental Bishamonten sculpture he hoped to acquire. Now the museum has put on view a… More ›


Art Fact: Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin once had a job as John Huston’s driver. In 1933 Huston, a hard-drinking Hollywood screenwriter (not yet a director), killed a pedestrian in an auto accident. He stopped driving and… More ›

Agnes Martin, "The Wedding,: 1958

LACMA Lands a Japanese Print Collection

LACMA has scored another major promised gift in its anniversary year: Barbara S. Bowman’s collection of Japanese prints. The debut installation, “Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints… More ›


An “Urban Light” Precursor

Paul Haddad, in the Huffington Post, has a piece on a relatively little-known antecedent to Chris Burden’s Urban Light, Shelia Klein’s Veronica. It’s at the corner of Vermont and… More ›

Shelia Klein, "Vermonica"

How a Havemeyer Degas Made It to L.A.

LACMA’s “50 for 50″ is showing many important-though-little-known works, plus a Degas that is already famous. At the Café-Concert (The Song of the Dog) is part of the promised… More ›