Posts Tagged: Ed Ruscha

The Whitney Discovers L.A.

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Imagine a museum that surveyed Los Angeles art from John McLaughlin to Asco to Mike Kelley. Suppose it owned first-rate pieces by Betye Saar, Ed Ruscha, Charles Ray, Catherine Opie, and Mark… More ›

The Unknown Purifoy

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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 ›

U.K. Curbs Its Enthusiasm for L.A. Art

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The Spectator (U.K.)’s weekly e-mail promises a feature on “the greatest American painter you’ve never heard of.” Turns out that’s… Richard Diebenkorn. Martin… More ›

Ensor and “The Burning of Los Angeles”

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“My response was sadness,” wrote New York Times critic Michael Brenson. He was speaking of the news that the J. Paul Getty Museum had bought James Ensor‘s Christ’s Entry… More ›

Why Isn’t Every Museum an Artist’s Museum?

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John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Catherine Opie have rejoined the MOCA board, along with Mark Grotjahn. That brings the number of artist-trustees back to four. I’ve never understood why the… More ›

Artists on Vergne

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MOCA’s press release announcing Philippe Vergne’s appointment as director has quotes from all four of the artist-trustees who resigned in protest of Jeffrey Deitch’s leadership…. More ›

Insider-Outsiders at CAAM

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The California African American Museum’s “Soul-Stirring: African American Self-Taught Artists from the South” features artists usually categorized as “folk” or… More ›

Words That Hurt

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The Huntington’s Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of American Art is showing Ed Ruscha‘s Hurting the Word Radio 2 (1964), a loan from the collection of Joan and Jack Quinn. It’s from a… More ›

Actual Sighs

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From the Tumblr Great Art in Ugly Rooms.

Eli Broad Goes Shopping in Miami

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Bloomberg is reporting that, on the first day of Art Basel Miami, Eli Broad bought an early Ed Ruscha, Honk (1962), and Jeff Koons’ Buster Keaton (1988). Both purchases came from Gagosian, and… More ›

“Levitated Mass”: First Reactions

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1. Ed Ruscha said that good art should provoke a response of “Huh? Wow!” rather than “Wow! Huh?” By that criterion, Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass is on the right track…. More ›

Norton Simon and Contemporary Art

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(CONTINUED FROM “46 N. Los Robles” at the Pacific Asia Museum) In 1980 some Pasadena Museum trustees were flipping through a Christie’s catalog. They learned that the Norton Simon… More ›

Lady, Meet Annie

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In the Guardian, Jonathan Jones nominates “my personal wonders of 2011,” the five artworks that most impressed him. The short list includes Leonardo’s Lady with an Ermine, now on… More ›

Ruscha Photographs, LACMA Burns

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The Getty’s new trove of Ed Ruscha photographs includes this study for Ruscha’s 1968 painting Los Angeles County Museum on Fire (below, and currently on view at the Getty Center in… More ›

Is Anybody Saving L.A.’s Art for L.A.?

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Were L.A. like the U.K., Ed Ruscha‘s Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas would never have gotten an export license. It was sold to Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art. Make no mistake about it:… More ›

Hunt for the Best: Ketchup and Pop Art

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Is it possible that the secret nexus of pop art was ketchup? Or that the movement’s invisible hand was pop-hating condiment tycoon Norton Simon? Long before he collected art, Simon was the… More ›

Walt Disney’s Museum of the Weird

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The L.A. Times reports that Disney and screenwriter Ahmet Zappa (son of Frank) are developing a possible movie based on the Museum of the Weird, a never-built Disneyland attraction. What was the… More ›

F.A.Q.

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Q. What is Los Angeles County Museum on Fire? It’s a blog covering museum and art news, primarily in greater Los Angeles. Q. What does the title mean? Are you an arsonist or something? I… More ›

“Outside the Box” at the Hammer

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Despite the title of the UCLA Hammer Museum’s “Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2010,” it’s the boxes that rock. Jacob Samuel started in the somewhat precious… More ›

Norton Simon, Glass Fetishist

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Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes is visiting L.A. museums and tweeting all the way [TylerGreenDC]. Most illuminating is this exchange between Green and the Norton Simon Museum’s tweetmaster… More ›

Getting Rid of LACMA

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LACMA’s “transformation” takes an apocalyptic turn in The Architect Newspaper‘s eye-opening interview with Peter Zumthor and Michael Govan. In case you didn’t know, Govan… More ›