September 18, 2011 |
The artists associated with Light and Space, the movement dedicated to investigating patterns of visual perception and attention that began in Southern Californa in the 1960s, are an unruly bunch. Most reject the label out of hand. Two of the movement's giants, Robert Irwin and James Turrell, stopped speaking to each other decades ago and have never completely mended fences. One of the few women associated with this work, Maria Nordman, refuses to be in group shows on the subject.
July 14, 1989
Firefighters hurried against the changing weather to contain a stubborn arson fire that has blackened more than 3,000 acres on one of the most scenic stretches of the California coast. Light wind and moderate daytime humidity helped crews gain 70% containment of the blaze near Big Sur, but higher temperatures and drier breezes were expected. "It's warming and drying but not drastically," state Department of Forestry spokesman Bill Jones said. "The wind has been good.
March 30, 1991
Hypocrisy enters into the vote to move the Super Bowl to Southern California in light of recently publicized racism in the area. The Rodney King "incident" has been given enough exposure that no one can be ignorant of it. What about a prominent African-American athlete being thrown to the floor at LAX because he "looked like a drug-runner" or another being arrested on the excuse that his auto registration was about to expire? Are the powers that be aware of how much Los Angeles has paid out for abuse of minorities?
October 17, 1986 |
Mary Corse came to notice in the '70s, seemingly weaned on the old song, "A Whiter Shade of Pale." She still pursues a purist mode in a baker's dozen of large paintings made of glass microspheres. They are the stuff of those street signs and jogging-shoe heels that glow when your headlights hit them at night. Corse has elevated the material to a poetic, if not religious, version of California Light and Space art. Obliquely approached, the paintings seem a uniform light gray.
April 20, 1991
Hooray for Counterpunch! Someone is finally speaking out against The Times' disagreeable and critical critics, Martin Bernheimer in music and Peter Ranier in films. I would like to add a third: Cathy Curtis in art. These people seem to think writing a critique is to write critically in a mean-spirited, negative sense. I have been appalled at Peter Ranier's film reviews. Starting with negative comments, he then proceeds to tell the story of the film (I'm not happy to learn the whole story before seeing it)
October 17, 1990 |
There have been moments in history when agroup of creative visionaries have put their hometown on the cultural map. More commonly, provincial art styles beloved by the locals never make the big time, and for good reason. So-called "California Impressionism" is one of those styles, a timidly conservative attempt to capture the look of a coastal Shangri-La using techniques pioneered by artists in France more than a generation earlier.
April 23, 1996 |
Asked to describe the appearance of Ed Moses' art, one would be obliged to say, "It looks like the work of an Abstract Expressionist." Asked which one, one would be obliged to reply, "All of them and none of them." The truth of that conundrum is fleshed out by the first full-scale survey of the artist's career, which opened Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
September 7, 2013 |
The $650-million plan to remake the jumbled campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard is the fourth such effort in the last three decades. Challenging in concept and architecturally ambitious, the design by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, 70, unveiled in a summer exhibition closing next Sunday, also can't help but make one wonder about the apparent difficulty in building good museum galleries. Is it really so hard? Here's a quick, relatively inexpensive and aesthetically surefire way to construct a first-rate museum building for art. It turns out to be as simple as one, two, three.