June 30, 1989 |
Prints from Roy Lichtenstein's "Brushstroke Figure Series" are Pop art renderings of Abstract Expressionist paint swipes that wind up being faintly representational. They are fun loving, art-smart prints that toy with the language of mechanical Cubism, Surrealism and the comic strip while pushing hard on the technical end too. Each is a composite of lithograph, woodcut, screen print and encaustic. The multiple media give Lichtenstein's trademark screen print dots and cartoony brush strokes a genuine richness of surface that further stretches the work into a self parody about what looks smart and what looks like art. (Glenn-Dash Gallery, 962 N. La Brea Ave., to July 15.)
April 9, 2013 |
Museum leaders are generally reluctant to see themselves engaged in competition, but the Museum of Modern Art in New York just lost a big one - and will lose its reputation as the city's only great destination for the Cubism of Picasso and Braque as well. Collector and former cosmetics executive Leonard Lauder confirmed Tuesday that he was giving his collection of 78 Cubist sculptures, paintings and drawings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art instead of MoMA, the modern art citadel on 53 rd Street.
May 31, 1987
Today, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Temporary Contemporary, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's new Robert O. Anderson Building are showing many of the world's finest artists and greatest masterpieces of modern and contemporary art. It seems unfortunate that Bob Kelemen and his buddy from New Jersey who profess "a very strong understanding and interest in the world of art" found these works neither "serious or noteworthy" (Calendar Letters,...
March 29, 1987 |
Donald Albrecht, an architect by profession with an obvious affection for the movies, has combined his two loves to bring us a meticulous examination of the period between 1920 and 1939, in which the glamour industry brought modern architecture to the attention of the world. His scholarly exposition of modern architecture's influence on film design is a book for students of both architecture and film, and for anyone who wonders about the forces that shaped those magical celluloid fantasies.
April 1, 1993 |
Maybe life really is as gentle as an old Hollywood family comedy. If it is, Richard Diebenkorn, who died Tuesday, is currently sitting on a celestial cloud reading laudatory obituaries to his life and art. He adjusts his glasses, pulls his nose and runs his hand through his dark hair. "This is lovely and well-meant," he'd think, "but so complimentary to me that, personally, I'm a bit embarrassed. All this business about my life is redundant, really.
January 3, 1993 |
When they converged in San Francisco about 45 years ago, Wolfgang Paalen, Gordon Onslow Ford and Lee Mullican wanted nothing less than to be image makers of cosmic freedom. The purpose of art, they thought, was self-transcending awareness.