May 29, 2012 |
CHICAGO - For art museums interested in contemporary American art, the 1980s have been a bit of a blind spot. Individual artists who emerged in those rambunctious years have not been in short supply in their galleries, through retrospectives and theme shows. But the period as a whole has remained elusive. Incisive surveys have been almost nonexistent. Perhaps it has something to do with wounded pride. With the roaring return of new European art, felled from prominence a generation earlier by the brutal devastation of war, a 30-year run that saw American artists at the top of the international heap came to a definitive end. Add New York's loss of national dominance after 1980 with the unequivocal emergence of Los Angeles art, and the cultural alterations were apparently too much to wrap one's head around.
March 8, 2014 |
Beautiful and terrifying, the painting hangs in the foyer of Cheech Marin's oceanside home. It depicts a car crash on the upper deck of an L.A. freeway, an appallingly seductive vision of maimed metal erupting into fauvist-tinted fireballs. "That's the fascination, that fear-attraction simultaneously," says Marin, best known as the more antichalf of the comic duo Cheech and Chong. Three years from now, "Sunset Crash" will be among the big draws of the most comprehensive exhibition devoted to Carlos Almaraz, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Titled "Playing With Fire," it will be part of "Pacific Standard Time: L.A./L.A.," a Getty-funded, multi-venue initiative that will explore artistic connections between Los Angeles and Latin America.
April 11, 2011 |
Los Angeles has a Mexican American mayor, a Spanish-language name and the largest Latino population of any U.S. metropolis. But until now it hasn't been able to sustain a permanent major museum or cultural center dedicated to that teeming constituency. For decades, local Latino politicians and arts officials have watched with mounting frustration and embarrassment as Chicago, New York, Dallas, Long Beach and Omaha opened Latino- and Latin American-themed cultural institutions, while proposals for similar projects in Los Angeles languished in draft stages or, in the case of the Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture, virtually shut down after only a few years in operation.
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February 25, 2012 |
Kenneth Price, a prolific Los Angeles artist whose work with glazed and painted clay transformed traditional ceramics while also expanding orthodox definitions of American and European sculpture, died early Friday at his home and studio in Taos, N.M. He was 77. Price had struggled with tongue and throat cancer for several years, his food intake restricted to liquids supplied through a feeding tube. Despite his infirmity, he continued to produce challenging new work and to mount critically acclaimed exhibitions at galleries in Los Angeles, New York and Europe.
January 29, 1991 |
Building a Museum: The Santa Monica-based architecture firm Morphosis is one of six finalists chosen by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to design a new building and sculpture garden, the museum announced Monday. The other firms are Emilio Ambasz (New York), Tadao Ando (Osaka), Josef Paul Kleihues (Berlin), Fumihiko Maki (Tokyo) and Christian de Portzamparc (Paris). The building will open in 1995.
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April 11, 2005 |
Marilyn Levine, who specialized in trompe l'oeil art with her ceramic jackets, boots and handbags that looked like comfortably worn leather, has died. She was 69. Levine died of cancer April 2 at her home in Oakland, according to Sam Jornlin, who had been cataloging her work. Although many artists refine, vary or shift styles throughout their careers, Levine stuck to the realistic sculpture she devised 35 years ago as a graduate student at UC Berkeley.