January 1, 2012 |
It's hard to imagine now. But one fact about the early years of the post-World War II art scene in Los Angeles that has been brought into focus by the Pacific Standard Time initiative is that there was no real art museum in what was becoming the nation's second largest city. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art did not exist as a separate entity until it opened on Wilshire Boulevard in 1965. The Museum of Contemporary Art's Grand Avenue location was years away. Much of the energy, then, in the city's art scene in the 1945 to 1980 stretch came from private collectors, artists' collectives, print shops, art schools and especially from commercial galleries.
January 26, 1987 |
It's a collection that would make a museum director drool with envy. There are scores of pieces by the giants of abstract expressionism and modern masters of photography: Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko, Stella, Motherwell, Steinberg, David Smith, Cartier-Bresson, Eugene Smith, Ansel Adams. But this art is not in any museum. Gregory Michaelson, 61, retired industrialist and art collector, has assembled the stunning, still growing collection in a home built specifically to house these artworks.
February 27, 2014 |
Inevitably, the recent paintings of multicolored dots by B. Wurtz put a viewer in mind of Damien Hirst, he of the thousands of paintings with grids of multicolored circles on a white background. Hirst was neither the first nor only artist to harness the visual theme; but the sheer volume of his parodies of abstract painting colonized the territory, like white cells overwhelming the art-world bloodstream, giving him the dull equivalent of a brand. All the more reason that Wurtz's dot paintings at Richard Telles Fine Arts, seven of which are in the New York-based artist's first solo show at the gallery in several years, are so captivating.
March 2, 1993 |
Lovers of abstract art and gourmet food were in their element Thursday night when the Newport Harbor Art Museum held a Founders Preview of "American Abstraction From the Addison Gallery of American Art." About 130 guests gathered at the Newport Beach museum for an after-hours reception staged by Cartier and museum trustees to ponder the abstract art, sip champagne and sample exotic hors d'oeuvres from the kitchen of Patina restaurant in Los Angeles.
October 11, 1992 |
Nineteen-fifty, for April Kingsley, marked a pivotal point in the development of Abstract Expressionism (AbEx). It was the year that many of the painters associated with AbEx (Arshile Gorky and Hans Hoffman), designated as AbEx (Newman, Rothko, Reinhardt, Brooks, Baziotes, etc.) or identified with AbEx (Pollack, De Kooning, Guston and Kline) all had found galleries and had exhibitions.
October 6, 1989 |
Saturday is Family Day at Newport Harbor Art Museum and Newport Beach Public Library, with a series of free activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children and their parents. There will be performances by the Opera Pacific Overture Company ("America Sings and Works"); Daion Taiko, a Japanese percussion ensemble; and Steve Mellow's Children's Readers' Theatre Workshop.