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December 3, 1992 |
It is the power, the awesome technical skill, for which the drawings of Palos Verdes Estates artist Mildred K. Walker are known. If her nude studies suddenly sprang to life, they would surely stride, not walk, off the wall and out the door. "She's not a meek artist," said Walker's friend and former student Maurizio Barattucci. Walker herself speaks boldly about her art. "I don't have a hang(up) with whether people like what I do or not," she said.
October 30, 2013 |
Karin Higa, a specialist in Asian American art who worked for nearly a decade and a half as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, has died at 47. Higa died on Tuesday at her home in L.A. following a battle with cancer, said Russell Ferguson, her husband. Ferguson, who is a professor in the art department at UCLA, said that his wife had been diagnosed with cancer in February. Higa worked as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum from 1992 to 2006, rising to the rank of senior curator of art. She had recently been named a curator for the Hammer Museum's "Made in L.A. " Biennial for 2014 but was forced to step down due to her illness.
October 20, 1988
Cal Poly Pomona has opened a new art gallery with an exhibit of 38 works from the collections of several members of the film industry. The John L. and Helen Kellogg Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. W. Keith Kellogg gave most of the money for the building, which is part of the university's art department. The Kelloggs are descendants of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, who donated his land to the state for the college. "Hollywood Collects" will be exhibited until Nov.
September 20, 1986 |
Artist Corita Kent, the former Los Angeles nun whose colorful works include the immensely popular "LOVE" postage stamp, died in her Boston home Thursday after a six-month battle against cancer. She was 67. As with the stamp design, her art often carried--symbolically as well as literally--messages of hope, optimism and peace.
February 26, 1987
Lester E. Longman, professor emeritus of art and past chairman of UCLA's art department, died Jan. 27, at the age of 81. Longman came to UCLA in July, 1958, served as chairman of the art department and professor of art until 1962. He continued teaching art until his retirement in 1973. He also served as head of the art department at the University of Iowa for 22 years. A resident of Pacific Palisades, Longman is survived by his wife, Helen, and three sons, Kenneth, Stanley, and Richard.
November 11, 1997 |
In 1971, shortly after graduating from UC Irvine, Chris Burden had himself shot in the arm for a piece of performance art that drew international attention to Orange County. The shot heard around the world grooved UCI a niche in art history lore, and Burden, one of today's art novas, never lost his shine.