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 ›


The Huntington’s New Front Door

“Where am I? Where do I go from here?” Many museum visitors ask these questions. The Huntington is attempting to answer them with its new Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center…. More ›

Calder, "Jerusalem Stabile"

Norton Simon Debuts a Claude Lorrain

The Norton Simon Museum has put on view a Classical Landscape by Claude Lorrain. It’s among the works that Jennifer Jones Simon bequeathed to the museum. This is a 20-inch-wide horizontal… More ›

Claude Lorrain, "A Classical Lanscape"

A Tatted Museum Assembled by Drones

L.A. has no drought of museum architecture reportage, but one project deserves more attention than it’s getting: Tom Wiscombe’s increasingly fantastic renderings for the projected Old… More ›


LACMA Unboxes 50th Anniversary Gifts

LACMA is previewing “50 for 50,” an installation of gifts, mostly promised, in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary. Opening this Sunday, April 26, it will offer free… More ›

Donald Judd, untitled "tension box"

Ikko Tanaka at Pacific Asia Museum

Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) was one of the geniuses of modern design, blending ukiyo-e traditions with abstraction and clever typography. He did logos, print ads, posters, books, packages, and typefaces…. More ›

Ikko Tanaka, Stravinsky poster

Quote of the Day: Imelda Marcos

“I like the modern. I like the abstract. I like them because they get me to thinking. You know, sometimes I do not understand them. But I like things that I do not understand because they make… More ›

(c) Gunther Deichmann

William Pope.L’s Ragged Old Flag

Dark since Hello Kitty Con 2014, MOCA Geffen has made an deft segue to “William Pope.L: Trinket.” (You can never have too many friends! to The Friendliest Black Artist in America.) The… More ›

William Pope.L, "Trinket" at MOCA

Whatever Happened to LACMA’s Goya?

Christopher Knight may have just solved a mystery. What became of Norbert Kricke’s Space Sculpture, the modernistic centerpiece of LACMA’s 1965 campus? (You’ll find the apparent… More ›

After Goya, "Marquesa of Santa Cruz," Ralph Crane photo for LIFE magazine

Tapestries of Louis XIV Coming to Getty

Late last year both the Getty and the Metropolitan Museum opened high-profile shows of tapestries. This December the Getty will return to the medium with “Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis… More ›

Louis XIV in Gobelins tapestry, "The Month of December"