Posts Tagged: LACMA

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 ›

Quote of the Day: Imelda Marcos

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“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 ›

William Pope.L’s Ragged Old Flag

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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 ›

Imelda Marcos Bought LACMA’s “Goya”

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I’ve just spoken with LACMA’s Patrice Marandel on the museum’s erstwhile Goya painting, Portrait of the Marquesa of Santa Cruz. He confirms that LACMA sold the painting in 1978. The… More ›

Whatever Happened to LACMA’s Goya?

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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 ›

LACMA Turns 50

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened to the public on April 1, 1965. See how many museum supporters, celebrities, and artworks you can recognize in these photos by Ralph Crane of LIFE magazine,… More ›

Splish Splash

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Last night Christopher Hawthorne hosted “A Debate Over the New LACMA” at Occidental College. There was some discussion of the merits (or lack thereof) of William Pereira’s 1965 LACMA… More ›

LACMA Buys a Bernini at TEFAF

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The Art Tribune is reporting that LACMA has bought a major Gian Lorenzo Bernini portait bust at TEFAF. Ursula Schlegel first identified the bust as a Bernini in 1992. It appeared in the Getty’s… More ›

LACMA Is #4, on Instagram

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LACMA is  the 4th-most Instagrammed museum in the world. Michael Govan has lately adopted this as a talking point, crediting the public artworks Urban Light and Levitated Mass for the ranking. The… More ›