Posts Tagged: LACMA

“Alternative Dreams” at LACMA

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Bay Area attorney and gallerist Jung Ying Tsao (1929-2011) dealt mainly in 20th-century Chinese art. Few knew he was assembling a major personal collection of 17th-century painting. Few knew that… More ›

A Border Wall Built for One

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Surrealism was a literary movement before it was an artistic one. In truth it wasn’t much of a literary movement. Few Surrealist texts are much read today, and one of the best-known isn’t… More ›

Getty Seeks Brexit for a Parmigianino

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The Getty Museum has announced an agreement to buy Parmigianino’s Virgin with Child, St. John the Baptist, and Mary Magdalene, contingent on a British export license. The luminous,… More ›

Famous Monsters of Filmland

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Should art museums show film? LACMA has come down on the affirmative side of the question, notwithstanding the Academy Museum being built next door. LACMA has already done a number of major film… More ›

Zumthor Is Still Thinking Solar

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In a previous post I noted that LACMA omits mention of solar cells in a new website promoting Peter Zumthor’s planned building. The building had been pitched as capable of generating its own… More ›

Is Zumthor-LACMA Big Enough?

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One take on Peter Zumthor’s LACMA building is that it’s too much money for not enough exhibition space. This is a common criticism of museum building projects lately, but LACMA seems to… More ›

What Color Is Zumthor-LACMA?

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The newly released renderings for Peter Zumthor’s LACMA redesign leave many questions—starting with what color the museum will be. The concrete structure is now being described as dark… More ›

A Tyeb Mehta Auction Star at LACMA

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LACMA is showing an important contemporary painting in its gallery of ancient Indian sculpture. Tyeb Mehta’s Mahishasura (1997) made the news in 2005, when Christie’s auctioned it for… More ›

A Cross-Culture Box of Secrets

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LACMA’s Japanese Pavillion is showing a Kyoto lacquer box with mother-of-pearl inlaid symbols of the Freemasons. The Freemasons are a secretive men’s club that counted Mozart and 14… More ›

Blink and You Missed Him

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East Coast media still can’t get L.A. museums straight (artnet news).

Masters of Demim

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Demin has been called California’s most significant contribution to fashion. Wrong. Indigo-dyed cotton twill fabric existed centuries before Levi Strauss. As LACMA’s “Reigning… More ›

Fred and Marcia in Laguna Beach

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Fred and Marcia Weisman were L.A.’s most notorious art collectors of the 1970s. This summer Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters is memorializing the couple with a living picture of… More ›

A Hawaiian Museum Chooses Candy Over Art

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Citing laggard fund raising, Honolulu’s Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum has cancelled its planned presentation of “Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali’i,” the show… More ›

World’s Most Interesting Man

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Vice has a piece on James Goldstein, the mysterious scenester who’s donating John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein (“Big Lebowski”) house to LACMA. Writer Michael Hafford reports… More ›

Cecile Bartman Gifts a Peto Deception

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Cecile Bartman was not only a longtime LACMA docent but the donor responsible for some of the museum’s greatest American paintings, among them Thomas Eakins’ Wrestlers. She died last… More ›

LACMA Shows an Adaline Kent

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LACMA has put on view a 1953 Adaline Kent sculpture, Finder, that was featured in the 2012 “In Wonderland” exhibition of women surrealists. Made of whitewashed concrete, it’s a… More ›

Walter Van Beirendonck’s Dandyism

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Go into any room of LACMA’s “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015″ and look for the most transgressive outfit you see. There’s a lot of completion—this is three… More ›

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 ›