May 27, 1990 |
A controversial exhibit of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe closed its seven-week display in Cincinnati on Saturday, but a legal tangle remains to be settled. Several of the photos by the late Mapplethorpe depict erotic homosexual situations. On the day the exhibit opened, a Hamilton County grand jury indicted the Contemporary Arts Center and its director, Dennis Barrie, on charges of pandering obscenity and depicting children in the nude.
April 25, 1990 |
A well-known photograph depicting a nude John Lennon embracing a fully clothed Yoko Ono has been removed from an art exhibit at the city-run Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. The portrait, by Annie Leibovitz, was pulled from the exhibit "Heroes, Heroines, Idols and Icons," which opened Saturday, after objections from several members of the center's board of trustees.
December 3, 1992 |
Among the long-lamented gaps in Los Angeles' never-quite-complete art scene is an annual or biennial exhibition to showcase local talent. To provide a nourishing environment for visual artists and encourage a valuable cultural asset, the city must stage a really big show of L.A. art as a regular, ongoing event, the argument goes. "LAX: The Los Angeles Exhibition," opening this week with receptions in seven museums and galleries, was born of this contention.
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November 14, 2000 |
To Andre Kinney, the Holocaust is a hazy term in a history book, like the Civil War or the Ice Age. The 11-year-old isn't sure when it happened, or how many people died. "About 3 million?" he asked. On Monday, Andre and his classmates from Sutter Middle School in Canoga Park came face to face with that epoch in a way that no history book could convey. They viewed images. Not the grainy, black-and-white photos of death camps the world has come to know. But art from those who survived.
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January 5, 2002 |
A national Roman Catholic group is protesting an exhibit at Copia, the Napa Valley's heralded new food, wine and arts museum, that includes figurines of the pope and several nuns defecating. Activists say the work by Spanish artist Antoni Miralda has no place in a museum funded in part by tax dollars, including money from Catholics. The exhibit, titled "Active Ingredients," also displays miniature figures of Santa Claus and Fidel Castro in similar poses.
September 30, 2004 |
When the well-known Sakharov Museum broached the subject of religion in an art exhibit, no one was surprised that an outcry followed. After all, one work featured an icon into which viewers could insert their heads. Another superimposed Christ on a Coca-Cola logo with the words, "This is My Blood." Followers of a local priest vandalized the exhibit with spray paint. The Russian parliament voted to condemn the display and urged the authorities to "take necessary measures." President Vladimir V.
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August 3, 1990 |
Aside from their status as Protestant clerics, the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon and the Rev. James Conn have little in common, but on one thing they agree: Santa Monica may soon become the latest battleground in a struggle for the soul of America. At issue is an exhibit of the works of artist David Wojnarowicz, and in a broader context, whether the federal government's National Endowment for the Arts should be allowed to fund such controversial projects.
March 28, 1990 |
The Berlin Wall stands again, across from Ed's Shoe Repair and next to a drapery store on a sleepy street in downtown Pomona. But this wall doesn't impose a boundary. It serves as an invitation: "Welcome Berlin Artists," reads a slogan etched on the brightly painted wall covered with graffiti. The mock wall is the introduction to the exhibit "Berlin at the New Frontier," which opened earlier this month at Pomona's DA Gallery.
January 27, 2001 |
Alfred Stieglitz is best known these days as an early genius of photography and as the husband of Georgia O'Keeffe. But historians regard Stieglitz, who died more than 50 years ago, as far more than that. Through his galleries, publications and persuasive palaver, the New Jersey-born Stieglitz was also guru, muse, promoter and impresario of modern art in America.
March 10, 1991 |
When I hear the word 'culture,' I release the safety catch of my Browning revolver. --Nazi writer Hanns Johst in his 1934 play, "Schlageter" In 1934, Gustav Hartlaub became the first museum director in Germany to be fired by the National Socialist government. He had been director of the Kunsthalle Mannheim since 1923, and he had made the museum an important center for the new art of the day.