October 14, 2012 |
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - To meet Gilbert Stuart's "George Washington," Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter," Andy Warhol's "Dolly Parton" and hundreds of other artworks less famous and more subtle, first fly to XNA. That's right, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. Then drive 20 miles north, through farmland, forest and suburbs, to the home of the planet's largest retailer. That's right, Bentonville. On Central Avenue, if it's autumn, you'll probably roll past 100-year-old houses under a dense canopy of fall colors.
October 13, 2012 |
As a young boy in Taiwan, Jerry Yang was forced to study calligraphy - writing Chinese characters with a brush. The practice is thought to mold character as well as to reflect it, but Yang found it a tedious chore. In 1998, when he was turning 30 and had already co-founded Yahoo, he heeded the call to look back to his heritage and bought two Chinese calligraphies at auction. It was the beginning, he has written, of "a journey of discovery, inspiration, and fulfillment. " Today, his collection numbers 250 works, including some by the greatest calligraphers of the Ming and Qing eras, and 40 of them have been selected for "Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy," a new exhibition at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (through Jan. 13)
September 14, 2012 |
With many art museums pondering how to boost attendance - and some critics, curators and museum directors wondering whether maximizing crowds is really the best measure of success -- it's worth noting that Prada beat Picasso in recent blockbuster shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met announced Friday that “three widely acclaimed and highly attended exhibitions” this year had boosted New York City's economy by $781 million, with out-of-towners...
September 4, 2012 |
Tuesday is Timothy Potts' first day on the job as the new director of the Getty Museum , a post that went vacant for nearly two years. Friday he will make his first public appearance, joining LACMA director Michael Govan and Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin for a panel on the changing shape of L.A.'s art museums. The panel will take place downtown in Grand Park at 6 p.m. as part of Zócalo's “town square”-style conversations. Up for discussion: the state of cultural philanthropy in L.A., the challenges of engaging local audiences, and next steps for the museums, each of which has grown significantly - and faced serious growing pains - in the last 10 years.
August 13, 2012 |
The Getty Museum has added a new partner in its expanding cultural accord with Italy -- the city of Rome. The museum said it has signed a bilateral agreement with Rome's Capitoline Museums to create a framework for the conservation and restoration of artworks as well as future exhibitions and long-term loans. The Capitoline Museums are a group of art and archaeological museums that date to the 15th century. They are among the oldest public art museums in the world. James Cuno, president of the Getty Trust, marked the new partnership with the unveiling of an ancient sculpture titled "Lion Attacking a Horse," which is being loaned to the Getty.
July 11, 2012
Re "MOCA's past and future," Opinion, July 8 Like Eli Broad, we are life trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art, but we have a different version of the museum's history and, more important, a different vision of its future. Restoring the artistic and curatorial integrity of MOCA is crucial in regaining its respect and prominence. MOCA has not shepherded its finances well; it has overspent and is now paying the price. But bringing down expenditures does not mean bringing down the caliber of its exhibitions as well.
June 23, 2012
No artists were more serious than the New York School of Abstract Expressionists. Even the word "school" carries with it something stiff and formal. Pop art, by way of contrast, was anything but solemn. If it could even be labeled a school, it would be of the variety for delinquents. "Pop! Goes the Humor," a new exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum (through Oct. 7), gleefully illustrates the theme of artists who don't take themselves too seriously. Originating in Britain in the 1950s, Pop really flourished in the U.S. in the following decade.
June 1, 2012 |
Over the past 25 years, super collector Gary Cypres has amassed so much sports memorabilia that he opened an eponymous, 30,000-square-foot museum in downtown Los Angeles. The breadth of his collection - from 18th century tennis rackets to 21st century sports-movie posters - sets Cypres apart from one-sport or one-era specialists. The national pastime is Cypres' passion, and the Bronx-born businessman has curated a new exhibit of hardball holdings titled "Baseball: The All-American Game" at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
May 29, 2012 |
CHICAGO - For art museums interested in contemporary American art, the 1980s have been a bit of a blind spot. Individual artists who emerged in those rambunctious years have not been in short supply in their galleries, through retrospectives and theme shows. But the period as a whole has remained elusive. Incisive surveys have been almost nonexistent. Perhaps it has something to do with wounded pride. With the roaring return of new European art, felled from prominence a generation earlier by the brutal devastation of war, a 30-year run that saw American artists at the top of the international heap came to a definitive end. Add New York's loss of national dominance after 1980 with the unequivocal emergence of Los Angeles art, and the cultural alterations were apparently too much to wrap one's head around.
March 28, 2012 |
John Spiak made his name as a curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum, in Tempe, where he spent 17 years helping to develop an innovative program dedicated in large part to a socially engaged mode of art-making known as "social practice. " He was born and raised in Orange County, however, not far from downtown Santa Ana, which makes his move last fall - to take over as director and chief curator of the Grand Central Art Center - something of a homecoming. "I grew up running around this neighborhood," he says, and he speaks of it today with a booster's enthusiasm.