Posts Tagged: LACMA

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The Getty Museum’s “Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book” (through Sep. 27) includes this c. 1490 English miniature of Christ’s Side Wound. It’s a rhomboid… More ›

Museum Mile as Schrödinger’s Cat

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The A+D Museum has opened in its new downtown home with “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles.” Renderings by PAR (6030 Wilshire) and MAD Architects (Cloud Corridor) both imagine… More ›

Wynn Has Museum Plans for Bacon Triptych

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The New York Times has a profile of collector, LACMA trustee, and casino mogul ex Elaine Wynn. Mentioned is her Francis Bacon triptych of Lucian Freud: “I’m going to donate it to a museum of… More ›

Endless Column, Endless Summer

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LACMA’s California design gallery is showing several recent acquisitions, among them a set of mid-century (c. 1955) garden sculptures by La Gardo Tackett for Archtectural Pottery. They were… More ›

A Japanese Superhero Makes a Debut

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For some time LACMA’s Japanese art curator Robert Singer has been speaking of the “Big Guy,” a monumental Bishamonten sculpture he hoped to acquire. Now the museum has put on view a… More ›

Art Fact: Agnes Martin

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Agnes Martin once had a job as John Huston’s driver. In 1933 Huston, a hard-drinking Hollywood screenwriter (not yet a director), killed a pedestrian in an auto accident. He stopped driving and… More ›

LACMA Lands a Japanese Print Collection

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LACMA has scored another major promised gift in its anniversary year: Barbara S. Bowman’s collection of Japanese prints. The debut installation, “Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints… More ›

How a Havemeyer Degas Made It to L.A.

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LACMA’s “50 for 50″ is showing many important-though-little-known works, plus a Degas that is already famous. At the Café-Concert (The Song of the Dog) is part of the promised… More ›

Alfred Barr & La Brea Tar

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“I certainly hope they don’t build over the tar pit. Aesthetically that tar pit is neo-surrealist in the way people stand around it as if it were some ancient religious shrine and watch… More ›

Janet Sobel, Mother of Drip Painting

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There is a short list of artists who did “drip paintings” before Jackson Pollock did. Among them is Denmark and L.A.’s Knud Merrild. The one early dripper documented as an influence… More ›

Arrested Development

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At the risk of continuing a drumbeat of acquisition news… LACMA’s Unframed blog has announced 12 works acquired by its Decorative Arts and Design Committee. One is Pedro Friedeberg’s… More ›

Getty Finds a Lost Bernini

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Marbles by Bernini are rarer than paintings by Caravaggio or Vermeer in U.S. museums. Until this year, there were just two or three Berninis. Now there are two more, both in L.A. Just announced is a… More ›

Art Outgrows the Museum, Again

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LACMA has a big new gift—the question is, where will it put it? As reported in the Los Angeles Times and Art Newspaper, Leonardo DiCaprio is giving the museum John Gerrard’s Solar Reserve… 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 ›

The Petersen Shows Its Stripes

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Is the new Petersen Automotive Museum (by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates) too Vegas for the Pritzker-ified Museum Mile? You can begin to judge for yourself, as most of the Petersen’s stainless… More ›

L.A. Collects Dürer, Poet of Melancholy

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It’s not the most Instagrammed thing in LACMA’s “50 for 50,” but one object lays claim to being “the most extensively interpreted work in the history of art.” That… More ›

The Flying Machines of Chris Burden

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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 ›

Ed Kienholz Sells Out

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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 ›

Chris Burden, 1946-2015

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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      

#HowOldRobot Looks at Art

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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 ›

LACMA to Explore Germany’s New Objectivity

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Stephanie Barron’s latest rethinking of German modernism is “New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933.” Debuting at the Museo Correr in Venice in May, it… More ›

LACMA Unboxes 50th Anniversary Gifts

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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 ›