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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.
September 15, 2013 | McClatchy Newspapers
David Gilhooly, a prominent Northern California sculptor of fanciful frogs who was a founder of the Bay Area funk art movement at UC Davis in the early 1960s, has died. He was 70. He died Aug. 21 after collapsing at his home in Newport, Ore., said his wife, Camille Chang. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer. Whimsical and irreverent, Gilhooly was internationally acclaimed for his imaginative ceramic works of animals, food and other subjects. He started his career in 1962 as an assistant to sculptor Robert Arneson, who ran the freewheeling TB-9 ceramics studio at UC Davis.
February 17, 2005 | Christy Hobart, Special to The Times
Some of the gritty realism in the new CBS drama "Numb3rs" comes not from the crime and death but the shadow-filled California Craftsman that the main characters call home. Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch) lives in the stately house with Charlie (David Krumholtz), his math-genius son who never moved out. The other son, FBI agent Don (Rob Morrow), has his own apartment but seems to spend all of his angst-filled off time at his father's.
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.
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.
May 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rita Fraad, 88, an art collector who lent works to major museums, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, died May 9 in Scarsdale, N.Y., of cardiac arrest. Fraad's extensive collection included 19th and 20th century works by such American artists as Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins and Edward Hopper. A graduate of Smith College, she gave several artworks to her alma mater. She was on the advisory board of the college's renowned art museum until a year ago.
February 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Princeton University says it has received a commitment of $1.25 million from Louisa Stude Sarofim and Fayez Shalaby Sarofim of Houston, Tex., and from The Brown Foundation, also of Houston. It says the funds will be used to endow a professorship in American art.
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