Sturtevant’s Blurred Lines

Sturtevant was the first and most relentless appropriationist, making a career out of making close copies of other artists’ work. What are we to make of her art? You won’t find any easy… More ›

Sturtevant, "Elastic Tango"

LACMA Buys a Bernini at TEFAF

The Art Tribune is reporting that LACMA has bought a major Gian Lorenzo Bernini portait bust at TEFAF. Ursula Schlegel first identified the bust as a Bernini in 1992. It appeared in the Getty’s… More ›

Bernini, Portrait of an Unknown Gentleman

LACMA Is #4, on Instagram

LACMA is  the 4th-most Instagrammed museum in the world. Michael Govan has lately adopted this as a talking point, crediting the public artworks Urban Light and Levitated Mass for the ranking. The… More ›

Urban Light, Instagram photo

“Zeitgeist” at the Getty

A 2011 Getty Museum show marked the acquisition of a group of 19th-century German drawings. Four years later the Getty is offering “Zeitgeist: Art in the Germanic World, 1800-1900.”… More ›

Friedrich Preller, portrait of Jan Antoon Verschaeren

Larry Sultan’s Mom Is a Meme

Larry Sultan’s My Mother Posing for Me (1984), in the artist’s LACMA retrospective, has caught the eye of Twitter wit Uncle Dynamite (@UncleDynamite). SEE ALSO Joseph Ducreux, Master of… More ›


Pride and Prejudice and Earthquakes

Anyone looking to write a sequel to those Jane Austen/zombie mashups might consider earthquakes. An 1750 letter by Austen’s relation James Leigh, part of a group of family letters recently… More ›

Leigh family letters

Anti-Björk at the Forest Lawn Museum

Björk, schmjörk. L.A. audiences interested in the intersection of art and alt/pop have an alternative in “Revolutions 2: The Art of Music” at the Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale. Forest… More ›

Neon Park, "Prince, Purple Rain"

Tale of Two Cities

Once upon a time Mexico had two cities named Los Angeles. Puebla de los Ángeles was a wealthy, populous center of the arts. Its poor sister, Pueblo de Nuestra Señor de los Angeles, was a cultural… More ›

Puebla de los Angeles pottery

A Space Odyssey for Calif. Science Center

The California Science Center is to be the permanent home for a $6 million, NASA-co-organized space station exhibit now at the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul. The most-buzzed-about feature… More ›

Still from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Quote of the Day: Charles Gaines

“[I] didn’t rely on Fresno as an art resource. I kept a New York base, which was a good thing because otherwise I would have been dragged into oblivion.’” —Charles Gaines, in a… More ›

Charles Gaines, "Numbers and Trees III, Shag #8"

Washington & Napoleon, Under the Dome

Earlier this month, the Louvre Abu Dhabi announced the acquisition of an 1822 Gilbert Stuart George Washington that was once in the collection of L.A.’s Hammer Museum. The Stuart was among the… More ›

Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi "dome"

Antonio Mancini, the Last Realist

LACMA has put on view a work by the artist that John Singer Sargent considered “the greatest living painter.” That wasn’t Cézanne, nor even John Singer Sargent. It was Antonio… More ›


“The Clock” to Run Overtime

LACMA is planning to show Christian Marclay’s The Clock for two months this summer. The world’s most accessible conceptual video has mostly been shown for its 24-hour running length only…. More ›

Christian Marclay, "The Clock" still

The Broad, First Impressions

The Broad opened Sunday for a one-day preview, using the raw Diller Scofidio + Renfro space for sound and light installations by BJ Nilsen and Yann Novak. As far as I can tell, everyone adores the… More ›

Disney Hall

Wright at Night

The reopening of Frank Lloyd Wright’s newly restored Hollyhock House drew crowds to Barnsdall Park, in part for the novel experience of seeing the home at night. Lines were three hours long… More ›

Sugartop's room, Hollyhock House

Barnsdall’s Billboards

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House reopens tomorrow after a restoration that attempts to turn the clock back to when oil heiress Aline Barnsdall lived there. Not restored, however, were one of… More ›

Aline Barnsdall

Daniel Naudé Dogs to Getty

The Getty Museum has acquired three prints by South African photographer Daniel Naudé, known for monumental images of animals. The acquisitions depict Africa’s feral dogs, quicksilver-fast and… More ›

Daniel Naudé, "Africanis 17"

“Apparitions” at the Hammer

The UCLA Hammer Museum’s “Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now” is grounded in history, yet of the moment. It explores frottage, Max Ernst‘s coinage for placing… More ›


Adam, Eve, and George

The Norton Simon Museum Adam and Eve restitution case draws two reactions. For some, it’s simple: Hermann Goering stole the paintings—what part of “Nazi loot” don’t you… More ›

Norton Simon Museum

Art Math, Qatari Edition

A Qatari buyer has reportedly paid nearly $300 million for Gauguin’s When Will You Marry? The latter is an average-sized easel painting, 40 by 31 inches. Based on the price per square… More ›

Gauguin Math