Posts Tagged: Hammer Museum

The Republican War on Poetry

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Among the more surprising names in the artist roster for the UCLA Hammer Museum’s 2016 biennial is poet and novelist Aram Saroyan (son of William Saroyan). It was the younger Saroyan who, in… More ›

Lawren Harris, Breaking Bad

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Lawren Harris was Canada’s most acclaimed artist. Then in 1938 he moved to New Mexico and became a really bad painter. That is the conventional understanding. As Steve Martin put it,… More ›

Hammer to Show Paul McCarthy Drawings

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This year’s Hammer Gala included the announcement that the museum is organizing a show of Paul McCarthy drawings. Meanwhile another McCarthy drawings exhibition opens next month at the… More ›

Fall Preview 2015

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The Broad’s Sep. 20 opening (ticketing starts today) will command local and global arts coverage attention this fall. But there will a lot more happening. Start across Grand Avenue. Beginning… More ›

Hammer to Show Njideka Akunyili Crosby

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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 ›

Flatness, Fakeness, Kitsch

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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

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“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 ›

Will the Hammer Take Over the Oxy Building?

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Los Angeles Confidential has a profile of UCLA Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin. The article, by Finn-Olaf Jones, mentions “speculation that now that Occidental Petroleum is moving to… More ›

Where’s Barry?

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When the Hammer Museum opened in 1990, the first artwork visitors encountered was a can’t-be-unseen portrait of founder Armand Hammer. In a gilded frame, the Hammer painting glowered down at… More ›

Hammer to Premiere Mary Reid Kelley Trilogy

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This summer the UCLA Hammer Museum will showcase three Mary Reid Kelley videos: Priapus Agonistes (2013), Swinburne’s Pasiphae (2014) and, making its world premiere, The Thong of Dionysus. All… More ›

Quote of the Day: Charles Gaines

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“[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 ›

Washington & Napoleon, Under the Dome

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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 ›

“Apparitions” at the Hammer

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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 ›

Tacita Dean’s “J G” to LACMA, Met

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LACMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have jointly acquired Tacita Dean’s J G, a film inspired by Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and British novelist J.G. Ballard’s short story,… More ›

Hammer Is Building a Bridge to Itself

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The Hammer Museum is building a bridge across its courtyard. It seems that many visitors were missing the permanent collection galleries on the east side of the building’s loop. The… More ›

Why Online Museum Ratings Fail

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Which is the better Hammer Museum—the one in L.A. that shows art, or the one in Haines, Alaska, that shows actual hammers? There’s an app for that. Several, in fact. Google and TripAdvisor… More ›

How Much Does Free Admission Boost Attendance?

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“We’ve noticed a 25 percent increase in attendance since going free,” whispers an unnamed UCLA Hammer Museum source in The Hollywood Reporter. That echoes a July report credited to the… More ›

When Mayberry Had an Arts School

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From 1933 to 1957 Black Mountain, North Carolina, had the nations’ most advanced interdisciplinary arts school. Faculty and students of Black Mountain College included Joseph Albers, Ruth Asawa,… More ›

Disambiguation: Los Angeles Museum of Art

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You must have heard that Alice Könitz’s nano-alternative space-decorated shed, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, has won the Hammer’s 2014 Mohn Award. You may be less clear on which of at… More ›

Mohn Award 2.0

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Three thoughts about the latest Mohn Awards: • They’re a significant improvement over the 2012 award (a single prize determined by public vote). The “main” Mohn Award, given this… More ›

Marble? Marlboro?

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Gabriel Kuri’s untitled cig butts/carrara white HM01, in “Made in L.A. 2014,” tweaks the Carrara marble façade that Armand Hammer (via architect Edward Larrabee Barnes) used to… More ›

Kickstarter Potato Salad Museum… Anybody?

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You’ve probably heard about that guy who’s using Kickstarter to fund potato salad. I was reminded of him while reading a Los Angeles Downtown News article on the Old Bank District Museum… More ›

America’s Most Pervy

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Days after the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A. 2014″ opened, American Apparel ousted its CEO Dov Charney for “alleged misconduct” including sexual harassment. All of a… More ›

Why Summer Tourists Should Head West

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This summer millions of American and overseas visitors will flock to the big museums of the Eastern seaboard. There they will see unparalleled permanent collections and fewer intelligent loan… More ›

Quantum Pataphysics at the Hammer

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One slice of gallery 4 in the UCLA Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A. 2014″ is about absurdist science with metaphysical dimensions. The artists are Channing Hansen and Devin Kenny, and… More ›