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February 23, 2003 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
More than a decade ago, in a darkened lecture hall at Pomona College, art historian Frances K. Pohl projected a slide of Winslow Homer's Civil War painting "Soldiers From the Front." She presented the 1866 image as an example of a traditional theme: a confrontation between the vanquished and the victor after a war. Pohl told her students how Homer adhered to conventions and how he deviated from the norm. Then she issued a challenge: "Look at the image. What do you see?"
May 25, 1997 | Christopher Knight, Christopher Knight is a Times art critic
Corinthian columns, classical pediments, a sculptural charioteer, flaming caldrons--the opening scenes of "American Visions," Time magazine art critic Robert Hughes' eight-hour television series on the history of American art, which has its debut Wednesday on PBS, are filled with triumphal images. He is not, however, touring the monuments of ancient Greece, fountainhead of the Western democratic ideal with which the United States first imagined itself into being.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has laid off three employees in a move to cope with a countywide fiscal crisis. Additionally, Michael Quick, senior curator of American art, has resigned, reportedly in an effort to avoid being laid off. The museum on Thursday morning notified the employees of their termination, effective immediately. Their museum declined to reveal their names.
July 6, 2003 | Pete Hamill, Pete Hamill is the author of numerous books, including "Diego Rivera."
American Expressionism Art and Social Change 1920-1950 Bram Dijkstra Harry N. Abrams/Columbus Museum of Art: 272 pp., $60 * This is a marvelous, passionate and irritating book that proposes to retrieve a once-powerful movement in American painting from the rubbish heap of art history. That lost Depression-era movement has been sloppily labeled Social Realism by the clerks of academic art criticism, with their iron need for categories.
November 24, 2002 | Darryl Pinckney, Darryl Pinckney is the author of "Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature" and "High Cotton."
What the father-and-son team of John and Alan Lomax -- white guys -- did for American music in the 1930s when the two went around the backwoods of the South recording black musicians and authentic blues, another father-and-son team of white guys, William and Paul Arnett, has done for contemporary American art, identifying and collecting since the 1970s vernacular art made by black artists in the South.
December 11, 2009 | By Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
Compared to the conservative choices of previous administrations, the art that the Obamas selected for the walls of the White House living quarters was mostly contemporary art by mostly living artists. Among them was New York-based Glenn Ligon, who, at 49, was the youngest artist to have his work chosen. The news took a while to reach Ligon. "No one called me so when I heard about it, I thought it might be a rumor," he said Wednesday, as he helped install his work for a show at Regen Projects in West Hollywood that opens Saturday.
June 19, 1989 | KATHLEEN SILVASSY, United Press International
Detroit industrialist Richard Manoogian has collected a number of companies under his corporate banner, and it seems he collects American art the same way--with an enthusiasm and appetite for the best. An exhibit drawn from his vast holdings, "American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection," is on view for the first time at the National Gallery of Art, capturing what Gallery Director J. Carter Brown calls the essence of "a true collector." "He is more than a lender, more than an owner of art," said Brown.
November 7, 2003 | Duane Noriyuki, Times Staff Writer
Each day he lives in different worlds. As an actor, Michael Horse says, he lives according to the ways of Hollywood, where values and rules speak to different truths and different lies. As a person, the heart of Native American culture beats within him even as he lives in the city where late at night, beneath stars he cannot see, he walks to a shed in his backyard and creates art with handmade tools, some of them 100 years old. Most people know his face or his voice from film and television.
August 11, 2012 | By David Pagel
Works of art can do just about anything - except explain how other works of art work. That's one of the reasons many movies and books about artists fall short. They presume to tell us the truth about things they are in no position to explain, much less match the artistry of. Documentary films do not face this problem. Three recent ones work wonders because they allow their subjects to speak for themselves. More important, Matthew Akers' "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," Corinna Belz's"Gerhard Richter Painting"and Neil Berkeley's "Beauty Is Embarrassing" do not reveal how Abramovic, Richter or Wayne White make their work.
April 25, 2010 | My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, an Italian collector of American art whose cache of paintings and sculptures by Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and others legitimized the fledgling Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, has died. He was 87. Panza died Friday night in Milan, said MOCA spokeswoman Lyn Winter. No cause was announced. Panza became the first European collector of postwar American art. He was able to connect the dots in a new American aesthetic, playing a large role in promoting Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism and Conceptual art, as well as catapulting Los Angeles artists to international credibility.
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