December 27, 1987
EDITOR'S NOTE: These letters represent many of the best received by The Times in 1987, and reflect the leading issues and events discussed in Viewpoint during that period. Imagine my surprise when I tuned in the Fiesta Bowl, expecting to watch the two best college football teams in action, only to discover that a collage of the year's worst high school miscues was airing instead. Is that all $4.8 million buys these days? LON ATKINS Costa Mesa
May 26, 1989 |
Hannelore Baron's collages and box assemblages are wispy, dark, runic things that seem on the verge of whispering great truths. The self-taught artist, who died in New York in 1987, liked to work with scrap materials because she was intrigued by the very fact of their survival over the years. Accompanying the uneven, fraying rectangles and strips of yellowed paper and cloth--often pasted down demurely, side-by-side, or neatly layered--are images of faceless, sexless figures and scrawny, illegible lettering.
May 17, 2013 |
"Dialogues in Time" at Jancar skips between past and present in Ilene Segalove's life and work, looking at each through the lens of the other. It's a small show, but a poignant romp: at once blunt, wry, endearing and revealing. The recent work deals mainly with slippage between now and then, between the real and the ostensibly ideal. In "Whatever Happened to My Future" (2012), the 60-year-old Segalove video-chats with her 20-year-old self, thanks to some doctored old reel-to-reel footage.
June 12, 2008 |
Fifteen years may seem like a long time in today's art world, but it was exactly 15 years ago that critic Dave Hickey predicted the onslaught of "beauty" among artists of the 1990s. (Or more precisely, "the language of visual effect, the rhetoric of how things look, the iconography of desire.") He was right, of course, although one could argue over why. Was it because we had grown tired of "idea" art? Or because buyers were demanding more lush and decorative works? Whichever the case, things haven't changed much.
August 20, 1995
As someone who was working as a fund-raiser at the Mark Taper Forum at the time, I can tell you that in the days leading up to the premiere of "Angels in America," Tony Kushner was about as terrified as a man can be without falling over dead ("The Play That Made Us Gasp," by Lawrence Christon, Aug. 6). He knew he had something, he just didn't think it was that big of a something, and he was sincerely worried that the Taper would lose its shirt. When I mentioned to him that I was certain he would win the Pulitzer Prize, he said, "I'll bet you $100 I don't."
March 31, 2006 |
Many artists shift toward a sort of minimalism as they mature, their compositions shedding clutter as their confidence in form and technique develops. It says something about the boisterous nature of Roy Dowell's sensibility that his career, outlined in a 24-year survey at Margo Leavin Gallery, has followed more or less the opposite trajectory. Far from detracting from the work, this proves to be exhilarating.