Arrested Development

At the risk of continuing a drumbeat of acquisition news… LACMA’s Unframed blog has announced 12 works acquired by its Decorative Arts and Design Committee. One is Pedro Friedeberg’s… More ›


Getty Finds a Lost Bernini

Marbles by Bernini are rarer than paintings by Caravaggio or Vermeer in U.S. museums. Until this year, there were just two or three Berninis. Now there are two more, both in L.A. Just announced is a… More ›


Broad Keeps Buying

Three months before the museum’s opening, the Broad has announced over 50 new acquisitions, ranging chronologically from a 1954 Rauschenberg combine to 2015 works by John Baldessari, John… More ›


“Someday is Now”: Corita Kent at PMCA

Mad Men ends with a West Coast spiritual epiphany cutting to a Madison Avenue pitch. Reverse that, and you’ve got something close to the story of Sister Mary Corita Kent. A nun who taught art… More ›


Art Outgrows the Museum, Again

LACMA has a big new gift—the question is, where will it put it? As reported in the Los Angeles Times and Art Newspaper, Leonardo DiCaprio is giving the museum John Gerrard’s Solar Reserve… More ›


Cameron Getting First New York Show

The Art Newspaper reports that Jeffrey Deitch is bringing MOCA’s Cameron show to New York. It will run Sep. 8-Oct. 17 at the Suzanne Geiss Company, which occupies the former site of Deitch… More ›


The Unknown Purifoy

Who is Noah Purifoy? Earlier this year, a major East Coast curator admitted drawing a blank. LACMA’s “Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada” ought to put an end to that. It will also come as… More ›

Noah Purifoy, "No Contest (Bicycles)"

What Did L.A. Do in the Civil War?

The last shot of the Civil War was fired June 22, 1865. The Autry National Center’s “Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West” tells a tale slighted by textbooks, that of how… More ›


The Petersen Shows Its Stripes

Is the new Petersen Automotive Museum (by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates) too Vegas for the Pritzker-ified Museum Mile? You can begin to judge for yourself, as most of the Petersen’s stainless… More ›

Petersen Automotive Museum

Global Bricoleurs at the Fowler

Two shows at the UCLA Fowler Museum provide global context for California’s assemblage tradition. “Making Strange: Gagawaka + Postmortem by Vivan Sundaram” melds two series by the… More ›

Jo Farb Hernandez photo of Capricho de Cotrina

The Broad, an Update

The Broad is installing walls for its debut installation, reports a recent tweet @TheBroad. In other developments, the 100-year-old olive grove is open, in L.A.’s greenest lawn; the sidewalk… More ›

The Broad, gallery walls

The Flying Machines of Chris Burden

Chris Burden’s passing has occasioned discussion of whether his multifarious art has an overall narrative. What connection could there be between, say, Shoot and Urban Light? All interested… More ›

Chris Burden, "Ode" and Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass"

Ed Kienholz Sells Out

LACMA has opened two drawing exhibitions. One, on Ed Moses, features many newly promised gifts from the artist. The companion show is on Moses’ L.A. contemporaries of the 60s and 70s. Among… More ›

Ed Kienholz, "For 10 Screwdrivers"

Chris Burden, 1946-2015

Three posts on Fist of Light, The Reason for the Neutron Bomb, and Shoot. Meet Urban Light’s Evil Twin Under the Big Black Mushroom Cloud Chris Burden Meets Regis Philbin      

Chris Burden, "Fist of Light" drawing

#HowOldRobot Looks at Art

The Internet’s new toy is #HowOldRobot. It’s an online app, devised by Microsoft, that guesses the age and gender of anyone in an uploaded selfie. Of course, it works with artistic… More ›