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.
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.
July 15, 2007 |
THE artistry of '60s rock icons Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin wasn't limited to their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame music. As it happens, both were deeply interested in visual art before their music careers took off, and several of their drawings and paintings will be on display in Hollywood in conjunction with this year's Mods & Rockers Film Festival put on by American Cinematheque.
April 10, 1995 |
Cy Twombly's achievement as a painter is deep but narrow. The often big, airy, gestural abstractions he made in the 1960s and early 1970s stand as an estimable coda to the great age of 20th-Century abstract art, but their status as a terminus cannot be ignored. Twombly's paintings feel less generative than end-of-the-line. The Twombly retrospective that opened Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art lays out the painter's career in clear and concise fashion.