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October 13, 2007 | MEGHAN DAUM
It's been a big week for non-figurative art. On Thursday, it was reported that French archaeologists discovered a wall painting in Syria whose tricolored, geometric pattern resembles the work of abstract painter Paul Klee. The catch: At 11,000 years old, it's the oldest painting in the world. So much for the theory that the Impressionists changed everything.
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April 9, 2014 | By David Ng and Mike Boehm
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has plucked an established figure from the art museum world who has extensive knowledge of cinema to lead its highly anticipated $300-million movie museum. Kerry Brougher, a veteran art curator who worked at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art for 14 years, has been named the director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, said a spokeswoman for the academy on Tuesday. It is unclear when Brougher will start his new job. The museum isn't scheduled to open until 2017 and the spokeswoman said academy officials were unable to comment further on Brougher's appointment at this time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1999
The Brooklyn Museum controversy is the last straw. Here is my simple solution to the arts funding problem: No publicly funded institution should be in the contemporary arts business. Museums must be reserved for works of art more than 25 years old and works by artists who are safely dead. I have been in the arts my entire life. Believe me, none of my colleagues is yet worthy of enshrinement in a museum. Let 'em fight it out in the galleries where they belong. JACK ENYART Los Angeles
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April 8, 2014 | By David Ng
Kerry Brougher, a veteran art museum curator who has worked at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, has been named the director of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed on Tuesday. Brougher is currently the chief curator of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Before that, he worked as a curator at MOCA. Construction of the $300-million museum on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is expected to begin later this year.
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April 18, 2013 | By Suzanne Muchnic, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Gifford Phillips, a gentlemanly patron of cultural institutions and passionate advocate of contemporary art who played a leading role at museums on both coasts of the United States, has died. He was 94. Phillips died Wednesday of natural causes at a hospice in Palm Desert, said his daughter Marjorie Elliott. A member of a wealthy family - including his uncle, art collector Duncan Phillips, who founded the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. - Gifford Phillips was a partner in Pardee Phillips, a real estate developer of residential and commercial property in California and Nevada.
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April 8, 2010
Breaking the Rules What Is Contemporary Art? Susan Goldman Rubin The Museum of Contemporary Art, $14.95
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January 12, 2013 | By Suzanne Muchnic
Ninety-six works by 26 artists from the United States, Europe and Asia, brought together to illuminate a big - but overlooked - idea. "Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962" is vintage MOCA. A boldly thoughtful, revisionist exhibition that focuses on destruction as a creative force, it's the sort of show that has long distinguished Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art. The project is also vintage Paul Schimmel, who organized "Destroy the Picture" and edited its substantial catalog.
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March 8, 2012 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At the Norton Simon Museum, an exhibition examining the L.A. area's postwar printmaking boom begins with a different sort of graphic. It's not a Richard Diebenkorn lithograph, an Ed Ruscha screenprint or any of the 150 or so other works in "Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California. " Gracing the title wall is a six-foot-wide bubble diagram - what "Proof" curator Leah Lehmbeck calls "a map of all the complexities, crossovers, key institutions and people covered in the show," which runs at the Pasadena museum through April 2. PHOTOS: Richard Diebenkorn The exhibition delves into an important chapter in American art history: the L.A.-based renaissance in the '60s and '70s, during which printmaking was embraced as a contemporary art form.
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December 5, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art and USC are in talks about a possible partnership that would link the ambitious private university with the fiscally struggling downtown museum. Responding to Los Angeles Times inquiries, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett said this week that discussions are underway "about a possible partnership that would enhance the missions of both institutions. " Talks "are very preliminary at this time," she added, providing no further details. MOCA spokeswoman Lyn Winter echoed Garrett when asked for comment and provided no additional details.
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November 12, 1986 | From Associated Press
A Jasper Johns collage bid for $3.6 million was the highlight of a record session Monday at Sotheby's in which more than 90 works of contemporary art were sold for more than $13 million. An anonymous telephone bidder paid $3,630,000 for "Out the Window," a 1959 wax and newspaper collage on canvas by Johns from the collection of Ethel Scull. The bid, a record for any contemporary artwork at auction and for any living artist, topped the pre-sale estimate of $1.
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April 5, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Shortly after assuming the helm as the fourth director of the Museum of Contemporary Art last month, Philippe Vergne visited the Los Angeles Times to meet with editors and writers. Still in the beginning stage of absorbing MOCA's history and formulating his mission, he didn't have a great deal to share about his plans. But when asked whether he thought performance, a currently disregarded part of the museum's founding mission, was important, Vergne answered that he wouldn't call it important.
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March 31, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Last fall, when the big traveling retrospective of Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley (1954-2012) opened at MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art's outpost in Long Island City, N.Y., the show looked smashing. Largely that was due to the intrinsic quality of Kelley's diverse work in a staggeringly wide range of media - sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, video, performance, mosaic - plus various mash-ups of just about all of them. Partly, though, it was serendipity. PHOTOS: 'Mike Kelley' exhibit A primary subject of Kelley's art is the way familiar social institutions of daily life - especially school and church, but also including art museums and other representatives of authoritative points of view - inevitably conspire to constrain, pressure and sometimes even warp the very adherents they seek to console and liberate.
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March 25, 2014 | By David Ng
Shigeru Ban, the Japanese architect who is the recipient of the 2014 Pritzker Prize, has never had his name attached to a permanent art museum in the U.S. in his three-decade-long career. But that will change in August when his new building for the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado opens to the public. The block-like structure, which features 33,000 square feet of space, will open in celebration of the museum's 35th anniversary. With a reported price tag of $45 million, the building will feature six primary gallery spaces on the museum's four levels.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Philippe Vergne says his first task as the new director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art is not to act quickly but to think and plan deeply. On the job less than two weeks after extensive past experience as director of New York's Dia Art Foundation and top curator and deputy director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Vergne spelled out no immediate changes Wednesday and said he'll look to MOCA's past achievements for guidance. GRAPHIC: MOCA's ups and downs with Jeffrey Deitch "The most important priority is to look at the programming and reimagine the program" of exhibitions and events, he said as he joined Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano, MOCA's new board co-chairs, and Maria Seferian, the museum's interim director before his arrival, for a discussion with Los Angeles Times reporters and editors.
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March 17, 2014 | By David Ng
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has chosen the firm of architect Annabelle Selldorf to head a multimillion-dollar expansion that is expected to triple the size of the museum's location in La Jolla.  Selldorf, based in New York, has worked for art-related clients including the Neue Galerie and the Acquavella Galleries on the Upper East Side. The San Diego museum will be the firm's first contemporary art museum project and its first project on the West Coast. A representative of the firm said it plans to have an initial concept design by early fall, with a more detailed schedule to be established at that time.
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March 15, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
Artist Robert Heinecken (1931-2006) is best-known for cleverly manipulating found photographs plucked from mass media, which meant to undermine their authority in America's exploding image-culture. He's not included among the 36 artists in the historical group exhibition "Take It or Leave It" currently at the UCLA Hammer Museum, but he probably should be. A self-styled "para-photographer," Heinecken made pictures that crossed appropriation art with institutional critique, the Hammer show's theme.
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September 23, 2005 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
At Gagosian Gallery, "Franz West: Sale" mocks corporate culture's tendency to emphasize packaging and promotion at the expense of the goods and services being packaged and promoted. And on one level, the Viennese artist's first exhibition in Los Angeles since 1994 makes pointed fun of the fact that galleries are stores. West takes this honest idea and runs with it, transforming the stylish salesrooms of the Richard Meier-designed gallery into a setting that recalls a yard sale.
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April 7, 2010 | By Sharon Mizota
When Picasso incorporated motifs from African art into his paintings, it was seen as a step forward for modern art. No one thought about what it might mean for African traditions. After all, they were "primitive" and therefore frozen in time. Something similar might be said for our understanding of South Asian miniature painting. Although references to its diminutive, highly stylized depictions of aristocratic life or mythic stories have appeared in contemporary art -- Shahzia Sikander's work being the most prominent example -- there has been little discussion about how the miniature tradition itself has evolved.
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February 25, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The Museum of Contemporary Art's new director, Philippe Vergne, has an official start date: March 10, MOCA has confirmed.  "I am very excited to welcome our new director Philippe Vergne to Los Angeles and to MOCA in his new leadership role which will begin officially on March 10," said MOCA Board Co-Chair Maurice Marciano. "I am also grateful for the remarkable commitment of Interim Director Maria Seferian in guiding the successful director search and in supporting the MOCA Board's recent fundraising achievements, placing the museum in its strongest position in 35 years.
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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.
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