June 18, 2009 |
Consider the banana. All iconic yellow peel and soft, sweet inside -- you can find it at the nearest Trader Joe's for as little as 19 cents apiece. But how much have you really thought about how it got there? Now the ubiquitous and perishable fruit finds itself the focus of appreciation in two new exhibitions opening this week from Los Angeles-based collective Fallen Fruit. The first, "United Fruit," opened Tuesday at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
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April 7, 2012 |
SANTEE, Calif. - Ladonna Maki, an unemployed waitress, stepped off the San Diego trolley on Saturday afternoon and quite unexpectedly encountered the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Celeste Innocenti, artistic director of San Diego-based Chronos Theatre Group, was providing a dramatic reading of one of Poe's best-known works: "I was a child and she was a child In this kingdom by the sea: But we loved with a love that was more...
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September 3, 2001 |
The painting, with its dark tones and streetwise style, greets visitors to the Mestizo Visions art exhibit at the Cal State Channel Islands campus. Fillmore artist Chuy Rangel figures it provides the perfect symbol for the show at large, which runs through Oct. 13 and features nearly two dozen Latino artists from Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
May 20, 1996 |
In publicizing its exhibit "Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art," the Phoenix Art Museum trumpeted 80 works by artists celebrating the freedom of expression enjoyed under the U.S. Constitution. What most people did not know until the display debuted was that it features an 8-foot-tall wooden "jail" housing a U.S. flag in a toilet, a flag placed on the floor for visitors to stand on and a flag made out of "Caucasian" human skin and hair.
November 29, 2002 |
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration launched a project to illustrate American folk art, it ended up with 18,527 watercolors of quilts, weather vanes, old tavern signs and merry-go-round animals -- a vast art gallery in itself. Now 80 of the artworks and 37 of the original objects are on display as the National Gallery of Art celebrates the 60th anniversary of its acquisition of that collection.
April 19, 1990 |
"France is food, wine, fashion, beauty--and art that was made a long time ago," Marie-Claud Beaud said, reciting stereotypical images of her country. Most foreigners think that nothing happened in French art after Claude Monet's late Impressionist landscapes of the '20s. Those who know a bit more go as far as Henri Matisse, who died in 1954. And people who are really sharp think French art ended with Jean Dubuffet, who emerged in the '40s, she said.
October 31, 2003 |
Now in its eighth week at the Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park, George Stone's mind-bending exhibition of kinetic sculpture has been praised by critics and embraced by visitors who watch shadowy shapes morph from people to animals and observe heat-sensitive tree branches blossom into umbrellas. But no group is happier to see the show up and running than the Fellows of Contemporary Art, the local nonprofit organization that initiated it and provided the seed money.
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January 18, 1999 |
In a city still young and self-conscious in the world of high art, an exhibition of 70 Vincent Van Gogh paintings drew a sold-out crowd that reflected both the region's diversity and the powerful mainstream appeal of an artist who died in relative obscurity more than a century ago. They came by the thousands to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art--chemists, heavy equipment operators and professional artists; couples in cashmere and families in linty flannel.
August 27, 1999 |
The recent landmark exhibition of Vincent Van Gogh paintings is estimated to have added $122 million to the local economy--evidence, tourism officials said Thursday, that cultural activities can be lucrative attractions to market to travelers. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art spent more than $10 million to present and advertise the collection of 70 works of one of the world's most popular artists.
September 29, 2001 |
"Freestyle," a survey of works by 28 emerging African American artists, opened to rave reviews last May at the Studio Museum in Harlem. New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl deemed it "a fine, fresh exhibition," largely free of "political correctness and theory-think," and praised curator Thelma Golden as "a superb judge of quality."