January 25, 2014 |
"It's not about more. It's about better," says Scott Schaefer, the J. Paul Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings, a few days before his retirement. "The Getty's collections are meant to be small even though they are meant to be great. We have added 70 pictures; we have also deaccessioned 70 pictures. So the collection is the same size as when I started - about 430 paintings and pastels - but it's better," he says. As Schaefer prepares to leave his corner office at the Getty Center as well as the galleries he has visited almost daily, he leaves an impressive record of exhibitions organized under his purview.
December 27, 2013 |
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Anne Ellegood | Curator Hammer Museum Senior Curator Anne Ellegood will likely see some attention this spring with the debut of her long-mulled, provocative show "Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology. " The 35-artist historical show - co-organized by Ellegood's friend, New York-based art historian Johanna Burton - is an institutional critique of museums themselves as it examines American artists who the curators felt have changed the way we, as a culture, think about art. Among those included in the exhibition, focusing on work largely from the '80s and '90s, are Barbara Kruger, Mike Kelley, Jimmie Durham, Adrian Piper and David Wojnarowicz.
December 12, 2013 |
Scott Schaefer, who has played a key role in building the collections of Los Angeles' two biggest art museums over the last 33 years, will retire next month from his job as the Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings. Since joining the Getty in 1999, Schaefer has overseen the acquisition of 70 paintings and pastels and five sculptures, including “Rembrandt Laughing,” a recently purchased self-portrait of the artist as a young man; Edouard Manet's “Portrait of Madame Brunet,” J.M.W.
November 22, 2013 |
A one-off capsule collection of vintage apparel and accessories curated by Decades co-owner Cameron Silver -- with the Tommy Hilfiger aesthetic in mind -- made its debut at the latter's West Hollywood flagship store Thursday. Dubbed the Cameron Silver Vintage Capsule Collection for Tommy Hilfiger, it consists of an assortment of vintage dresses, men's and women's tops, blazers, bottoms, outerwear, head wear, bow ties and handbags that are mostly in the $200 to $500 range and a few gowns priced in the $1,500 to $2,500 range.
October 30, 2013 |
Karin Higa, a specialist in Asian American art who worked for nearly a decade and a half as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, has died at 47. Higa died on Tuesday at her home in L.A. following a battle with cancer, said Russell Ferguson, her husband. Ferguson, who is a professor in the art department at UCLA, said that his wife had been diagnosed with cancer in February. Higa worked as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum from 1992 to 2006, rising to the rank of senior curator of art. She had recently been named a curator for the Hammer Museum's "Made in L.A. " Biennial for 2014 but was forced to step down due to her illness.
October 10, 2013 |
There is a distinctive intimacy to a handwritten letter between friends. You can feel the emotion behind the stroke of the pen, layers of meaning in the choice of a word. Put the letter writers in a room together and there is both comfort and disquiet, as if the other knows, perhaps, too much. "Shepard & Dark," a candid new documentary, captures that dichotomy as it riffles through the long correspondence and relationship between playwright-actor Sam Shepard and his close friend, Johnny Dark, a man of odd-jobs, intelligence and the kind of curated obscurity of someone fascinated by, but not envious of, the fame.