November 13, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
"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 |
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 |
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.
September 30, 2013 |
Did you know that Michiganders, in general, and Detroiters, in particular, are idle, good-for-nothing spendthrifts? Michael Kinsley thinks so. The New Republic's editor-at-large has written a snarky new column contemplating possible masterpiece sales from the Detroit Institute of Arts in the face of civic bankruptcy. The commentator likens the Motor City to the stately homes of England, which went into a "Downton Abbey" tailspin a century ago as Britain and the East India Co. began their inevitable rot. “There is a rich tradition of wastrels squandering the family fortune, then taking a few canvases to the pawnbroker's.” CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat There is also a rich tradition of know-nothings writing about art and museums.