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May 4, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Heist in SoHo Gallery: Hooded thieves smashed a huge plate glass window in one of SoHo's largest galleries Thursday and snatched about $1 million in art and antiquities in a lighting-fast heist, police and the owner said. Kenneth Nahan, owner of the Nahan Gallery, said detectives told him the thieves had police scanners and fled in two cars moments before police arrived, leading them on a 90 m.p.h. chase that ended when the thieves lost the pursuing officers.
February 24, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Remember the 1980s? Art museums are starting to. Now that a full generation has passed, curators have some historical distance on that time, when so much changed in American art and American life. Last year, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art did a savvy survey, "This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s. " The wide-ranging assembly of work, featuring 90 artists and several artists' collectives, considered art through a lens of the era's raucous social landscape. Now, the UCLA Hammer Museum is looking at one specific facet of 1980s art. Or, to be more precise, it's charting the intersection of two genres that together gained considerable traction then.
May 18, 2013
I've just returned from a two-week visit to London and Paris. If you're heading over and art is important to you, avoid the giant museums and think small. In London, seek out the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House, the Royal Academy; the Wallace Collection; and the Clore Gallery of the Tate Britain, housing its Turners. In Paris, the Musée Marmottan Monet, loaded with some of Monet's best; the Musée Delacroix (early works); and the Musée de l'Orangerie (surround yourself with Monet's waterlilies)
February 13, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The greatest Rubens altarpiece in America is in Ohio, at the Toledo Museum of Art. We have the Monuments Men to thank for that. George Clooney's galumphing all-star movie “The Monuments Men” did not impress the critics -- “inert,” lamented L.A. Times movie critic Kenneth Turan -- but the real-life story of soldiers sent to protect and rescue Europe's great artworks during and after World War II is impressive. So was its aftermath. The spotlight that the movie has trained on wartime events also reminded me of an important if unintended consequence of the work done by Americans among the Monuments Men (and, I hasten to add, a smaller but nonetheless critical group of Monuments Women)
January 5, 2001 | VIVIAN LETRAN
The acting education director at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach was named to the post permanently Tuesday, museum officials said. Elena S. Arrojo served as interim administrator after Maxine Gaiber left the museum Nov. 17. Like her predecessor, Arrojo's responsibilities will include developing outreach programs aimed at first-time museum-goers, students and art collectors.
As the merger of the Newport Harbor and Laguna art museums became official Tuesday, opponents announced their plan to go to court today to block the deal. Trustees who celebrated the new countywide art museum at a party Tuesday evening had learned just hours earlier of opponents' plan to ask a Santa Ana Superior Court judge to halt the merger. Motivated Museum Members, which wants the Laguna Art Museum to remain autonomous, hopes to stall the merger at least until Aug.
April 28, 1988 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
An investigation by the state attorney general's office found nothing improper with $972,135 in low-interest loans by a private tax-exempt arm of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to museum Director Earl A. Powell III, a report disclosed Wednesday. The loans were used to purchase and furnish a Hancock Park home for Powell and his wife where museum events, including fund-raisers, were held. The loans complied with the law and were justified because the Wilshire Blvd.
The Newport Harbor Art Museum has dumped renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano as designer of its new $30-million expanded building and plans to hire the prominent New York architecture firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to take Piano's place, museum officials announced Thursday. The museum's board voted "overwhelmingly" Wednesday night to switch to Kohn Pedersen, board president Thomas H. Nielsen said.
January 27, 1997 | ANN CONWAY
Even as they celebrated their newly expanded Newport Beach galleries, leaders of the Orange County Museum of Art alluded to a museum they hope to build near the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. That was the buzz at the gala Thursday that marked the $1.8-million expansion and renovation of the former Newport Harbor Art Museum.
February 8, 2014 | By Scarlet Cheng
Yoga has a 2,500-year history that sprung up in India as a series of mental and physical practices to help escape the cycle of suffering that flesh is heir to. "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (Feb. 21 to May 25) offers a voyage through some of that history via art, photography and film. With 135 objects borrowed from 25 museums and collections internationally, this is the "first major art exhibition about yoga," says the museum. "Yoga is a range of practices that focus on controlling the body and breath as a means of stilling the mind," says Qamar Adamjee, curator of South Asian art at the museum.
December 28, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Before he became a potter, setting aside a longtime hobby for full-time engagement, Adam Silverman trained and practiced as an architect. Clay vessels and buildings are significantly different, in myriad obvious ways. But Silverman sometimes collapses the two in surprising and provocative installations. An exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum titled "Clay and Space" lays out some of those correspondences. It's a significant step forward from "Boolean Valley," an intellectually sound if rather dry and unengaging 2009 collaboration with architect Nader Tehrani for the Museum of Contemporary Art's Pacific Design Center space in West Hollywood.
November 22, 2013 | By David Ng
George Lucas wants to build his new art museum featuring works from his personal collection at the Presidio in San Francisco. But officials at the famous site are pushing back, having asked the "Star Wars" creator and other competing projects to rethink their designs before a decision is made. On Thursday, the board of directors of the Presidio Trust met to decide on proposals for developing an eight-acre site across from Crissy Field. Among the proposals vying for physical space is Lucas' art museum as well as  a proposed science-themed center and a mixed-use complex from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.  "In the interest of having the best project possible for the Presidio, we want to provide one more opportunity for teams to adjust their proposals before we make a selection," said the board in an announcement released on Thursday.
November 13, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
PALM SPRINGS - A modest little painting near the entry to the exhibition "Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966" is a harbinger of things to come. Not just for the lovely and engrossing show that unfolds in the galleries at the Palm Springs Art Museum , but for Diebenkorn's greater achievement. That came after the painter left Northern California and settled in Los Angeles, where he began the peerless "Ocean Park" abstractions. "Seated Man" was painted in 1956.
November 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Chris Burden, the artist whose "Urban Light" outdoor installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has become a symbol of the city and who is the subject of a retrospective at the New Museum in New York, will be creating a large-scale work for the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. The university said that the new commissioned work will be titled "Light of Reason," and will feature antique Victorian lampposts and concrete benches that will form three branches in front of the museum's entrance.  The work is expected to be completed some time in 2014, according to the university.
November 10, 2013 | By Hugh Hart
"I'm proudly analog," says Adam Silverman, and the Los Angeles architect-turned-fashion-designer-turned-potter isn't kidding. Where most modern travelers might fuss over laptops, tablets or smartphones during their airplane flights, Silverman obsessed over an entirely different kind of luggage during recent trips from Fort Worth, Texas. There, to create pots honoring the 40th anniversary of the Kimbell Art Museum's Louis I. Kahn building, Silverman excavated clay from a construction site for its new Renzo Piano wing.
October 29, 2013 | By David Ng
Deborah Gribbon, the former director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, is heading back to the Cleveland Museum of Art in the wake of a scandal that saw the recent departure of the Cleveland museum's director, David Franklin. Gribbon previously served as interim director of the Cleveland Museum of Art from 2009 to 2010. She will be returning to the organization in the role of interim deputy director for collections, education and performing arts. The news was first reported Tuesday by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and was confirmed separately by a museum spokeswoman.
October 14, 2013 | By David Ng
Artist Wayne Thiebaud has donated an oil painting and a group of six prints to the Laguna Art Museum in Orange County. The gift was made official on Saturday at a museum ceremony where Thiebaud was honored with the California Art Award in recognition of his part in raising the prominence of California art around the world. The donation includes the 2002 oil painting "Jolly Cones," which depicts two upside-down ice-cream cones sporting cartoon faces. A version of the painting appeared on the cover of the New Yorker magazine in 2002.
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