Posts Tagged: Pasadena Museum of California Art

“Hollywood in Havana” Coming to Pasadena

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There’s a late-coming addition to the Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA roster. The Pasadena Museum of California Art will present “Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban… More ›

Corita Kent Gets a Retrospective

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In the mid 1960s, the most famous L.A. artist just might have been Corita Kent. Pegged by the media as the Pop Art-making nun, “Sister Mary Corita” [Kent] is due for reappraisal. Her… More ›

Bohemia on the Bay

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Long ago, when the 20th century was middle-aged and San Francisco real estate was a whole lot cheaper, an artist (Jess [Collins]) and his poet partner (Robert Duncan) lived in bohemian splendor,… More ›

Jess & Co. Coming to PMCA

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It isn’t often that a show organized by Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum gets rave reviews in New York. “An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle” did,… More ›

June Wayne’s Kafka Paintings

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June Wayne is so often identified as the founder of Tamarind Lithography that her own art has gotten short shrift. The Pasadena Museum of California Art’s “June Wayne: Paintings, Prints,… More ›

Alfredo Ramos Martinez at PMCA

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One of the most successful Los Angeles (and “Latino”?) artists of the 1930s was Alfredo Ramos Martinez, an authentic Mexican Modernist who settled in California. A Hollywood crowd—Alfred… More ›

PMCA to Show Sam Francis

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On August 11 the Pasadena Museum of California Art will open one of its highest-profile exhibitions ever, a five-decade retrospective of Sam Francis. The show was organized with the Crocker Art… More ›

Is L.A. Ugly? Is Ugly Good?

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“I live here because L.A. is ugly,” John Baldessari once said. Civic ungainliness spurs the art-creating instinct, he implied. That could be the subtext for a couple of current museum… More ›

Greta Magnusson Grossman at PMCA

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Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999) is having a brilliant posthumous career. She was a star of LACMA’s “California Design, 1930-1965: ‘Living in a Modern Way’”—her words… More ›

Edgar Payne at PMCA

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Those who can’t stand “California impressionism” might take a look at Edgar Payne—the best Left Coast postimpressionist? Through mid October, Payne is the subject of a… More ›

The Other Street Art Show

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Curator Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin and graffiti historian Steven Grody spent three years nurturing a street art show for the Pasadena Museum of California Art—only to have Jeffrey Deitch swoop in from… More ›

The Street Artist From Beverly Hills High

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The Whitney Museum acquired Kenny Scharf’s monumental When the Worlds Collide the year it was made (1984)—with funds from Eric Fischl, no less. At that halcyon moment, Scharf was red-hot…. More ›