Posts Tagged: LACMA

Museums Set Free

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The Art Newspaper‘s annual report on museum attendance makes a case for free admission, especially if you look at the L.A. figures. Take for instance “J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set… More ›

Sam Wagstaff in Black and White

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Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. is one of the most influential, yet most underappreciated, tastemakers of the 20th century. He probably did as much as anyone to establish photography as an indispensable… More ›

Roman Mosaics at the Getty Villa

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J. Paul Getty was antiquity’s most finicky fanboy. He loved Roman marbles, didn’t care for Greek vases. He liked mosaics. The first he bought, a Gallo-Roman Orpheus and Animals of the… More ›

A Chinese Bed at LACMA

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LACMA has a new installation of Ming Dynasty furniture, including a Six-Post Canopy Bed (16th-early 17th century) and a Basin Stand (17th century), both on loan from the collection of Piper Tsung…. More ›

Henri-Charles Guérard’s Hand Prints

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The most aggressively modern works in the Getty Museum’s “Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints” just might be those by an all-but-forgotten artist,… More ›

Quote of the Day: Cindy Sherman

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“I confess I was never a big fan of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, and I think it’s because I saw him as much more commercially oriented than I am. It was jealousy, too. Here he was,… More ›

Hammer, LACMA Acquire Lapis Press Archive

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The UCLA Hammer Museum’s Grunwald Center and LACMA have acquired a set of works from Culver City’s Lapis Press that gives the two institutions a completist holding. The deal,… More ›

Hey LACMA, When Can I Visit Sheats-Goldstein?

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LACMA will one day own a fantastic work of domestic architecture, thanks to James Goldstein’s promised gift of his John Lautner residence (above), generally known as the Sheats-Goldstein… More ›

Phantom Museum Sighting

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Normally indigenous to East Coast media, the mythic “Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art” makes an appearance in an L.A. Biz film review.

Old LACMA to Close in 2018?

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The Larchmont Chronicle has a feature on Michael Govan and Zumthor-LACMA. Govan sounds confident about the project’s timeline, saying “The idea is for us to close [partially] as [the… More ›

Quote of the Day: John Lautner

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“When I first drove down Santa Monica Boulevard, it was so ugly I was physically sick for the first year I was here.” —John Lautner (Sheats-Goldstein House, Elizabeth Daniels photo)

The Skyspace at Sheats-Goldstein

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James Goldstein has promised to donate John Lautner’s iconic Sheats-Goldstein House (1963) to LACMA, along with an endowment for its care. Eventually the museum plans to arrange public tours,… More ›

Titian’s “Risen Christ” at LACMA

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Risen Christ (c. 1511), hailed as the most important Titan rediscovery in years, is now on view at LACMA as a loan from an unidentified private collection. The painting made the cover of… More ›

Zoot Suit, Before and After

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LACMA’s zoot suit has a write-up in today’s L.A. Times and in the museum’s Unframed blog. Though purchased in 2011 for a record price, the museum didn’t publicize the… More ›

Groundhog Day

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“The opening of The Broad cements Los Angeles as a major contender…” —Eric Minh Swenson, Huffington Post, Sep. 30, 2015 “Los Angeles… has the potential to become a capital of… More ›

An Lawrence Etonian for Bath

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The Holburne Museum in Bath, England, has raised £450,000 to acquire Thomas Lawrence’s oil sketch of Arthur Atherley. The Harry Potter stare will look familiar to many Angelenos, as it was… More ›

Kaleidoscopes as Art

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Walk-in kaleidoscopes, presented as serious art, are having a moment. You waited in line two hours to see the Broad… did you get to see Yayoi Kusama‘s Infinity Mirrored Room? It could be a… More ›

The Enigmatic Art of India

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Why would an 18th-century Indian artist paint a shrieking white dude, bit on the chin by a pink snake? Your guess may be as good as those of qualified scholars. Not in doubt is that this… More ›

LACMA’s New Year

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LACMA has announced exhibitions for 2016 and early 2017. Among them are surveys of Toba Khedoori and Moholy-Nagy; a large show of German Renaissance art; an exhibition built around the mutual… More ›

Elizabeth Eaton Burton, the Tiffany of Leather

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LACMA’s American galleries are showing a newly acquired Panel from Allenwood Lodge, Vermont (c. 1902) by Elizabeth Eaton Burton. What Louis Comfort Tiffany was to stained glass, Burton was to… More ›

Tony Smith’s “Smoke,” Doha Edition

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Tony Smith’s Smoke, LACMA’s largest indoor sculpture, now has a twin in Doha, Qatar. The Doha News reports that Smith’s 24-foot-high sculpture has been installed at the Doha… More ›

Petersen Reopens

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Don’t let the garish exterior of the Petersen Automotive Museum throw you. Inside it’s a temple to curves of extreme refinement. The updated Petersen (opening Monday Dec. 7) has a new… More ›

Gehry Revisits Japan

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Frank Gehry wasn’t even a famous mall architect when the brand-new LACMA tapped him to design the installation for “Art Treasures from Japan,” a 1965 blockbuster. Revisiting the… More ›