Posts Tagged: LACMA

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 ›

Alex Israel’s “As It Lays”

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Alex Israel is like Jeff Koons, only less so. The art market adores him. Curators, not so much. Despite that, Israel is having a museum moment. LACMA has put on view a large painting, Sky… More ›

Critics: Wait Till the Building Is Finished

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“So much pent up hostility makes it… difficult to operate.” That’s not Washington gridlock but the state of architecture today, according to Vladimir Gintoff. His piece in Arch… More ›

“Rain Room” and the Art of FOMO

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Random International’s Rain Room has been a hot ticket on three continents. Now at LACMA, it is high in buzz, low in critical likes. For Christopher Knight, it’s “brainless… More ›

MOCA Miracle Mile

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More scrambled museum geography from Forbes and Perez Hilton.  

Weimar Thing

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Before “Thing” meant L.A. sculpture, and long before the Internet of Things, there was “the character of things.” That’s an English translation of a German idiom… More ›

A Room of Renaissance Bling

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LACMA has updated its room of Renaissance luxury objects. The new space is more open and airy, and it better serves one of the most amazing Dutch paintings in America, Hendrik Goltzius’ The… More ›

Coconut Cups & Caskets at LACMA

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LACMA’s Latin American galleries are showing two silver-mounted coconut-shell cups, used to sip chocolate in 17th- or 18th-century Mexico. They imitate Mesoamerican chocolate vessels… More ›

A Spanish “Saint John” at LACMA

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LACMA has put on view Esteban de Rueda’s life-size Saint John the Baptist (c. 1620), a loan from London/Madrid dealers Coll & Cortés. Rueda is now understood to be one of the most… More ›

LACMA’s Damascus Room Revealed

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LACMA’s Unframed blog has photos of the restored c. 1766 Damascus room, acquired in 2011 and set to become the museum’s only period room. Like all period rooms, it will be a blend of… More ›

Broad + MOCA = Greatest Contemporary Museum?

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With the Broad’s Sep. 20 opening, downtown L.A. will have two major contemporary art museums in walkable proximity. This February Eli Broad told KPCC: “If you combine our collection with… 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 ›

Actual Size

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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 ›