March 14, 2013 |
"I was a beatnik, and then I was a hippie, and before that I was a bohemian," a sky-high Dennis Hopper confided to Merv Griffin on television one night in 1971, in a clip you can see on YouTube. On the opposite couch, Willie Mays uncomfortably refilled his glass of water and James Brolin sneered - Hopper certainly didn't belong to their worlds. But "San Francisco Giants legends" and "future husbands of Barbra Streisand" might be among the few groups in which Dennis Hopper could not claim membership.
September 4, 2012 |
British pop-rockers Florence and the Machine will be the musical attraction this fall for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's second annual Art + Film Gala. The band, whose booking LACMA announced Tuesday, provides both typographical consistency and a musical and generational contrast to last year's inaugural Art + Film Gala headliner, Stevie Wonder. Big-voiced, red-haired Florence Welch debuted in 2009 as an heiress to the Kate Bush-led lineage of gothically dramatic British art-pop divas, while displaying soul music influences as well.
July 23, 2012 |
LACMA has confirmed that its next Art + Film Gala, an annual event designed to help the museum shore up support from Hollywood leaders, will honor filmmaker Stanley Kubrick alongside artist Ed Ruscha . Scheduled for Oct. 27, the event is co-chaired by Los Angeles County Museum of Art trustee Eva Chow (wife of restaurateur Michael Chow) and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Steven Spielberg has agreed to pay a “special tribute” to Kubrick. Many of the museum's trustees, including Terry Semel , Brian Grazer, Michael Lynton and Steve Tisch , have industry ties.
July 17, 2012 |
Ed Ruscha has followed three other high-profile Los Angeles artists in a rapid flight from the board of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. John Baldessari had been the first to exit, on Thursday, followed on Friday by Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie, and now Ruscha, whose 1970 installation, "Chocolate Room," and 1968 painting "Lisp" are among the signature works in MOCA's collection. No artists remain on the board, which now has 32 voting members, down from 40 in February. Ruscha submitted his resignation Sunday in an email to museum director Jeffrey Deitch.
July 16, 2012 |
Following a week in which John Baldessari, Catherine Opie and Barbara Kruger all resigned from the board of trustees at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, Ed Ruscha has also resigned, leaving no artists remaining on the museum's board. The artist's wife, Danna Ruscha, posted the following comment on the Facebook page of L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight, beneath a piece he wrote on the pivotal role of artists in shaping MOCA historically and the warning sent by the current exodus: "Christopher Knight, Ed has resigned.
March 18, 2012 |
Nicolas Berggruen travels more in three months than most people do in a lifetime. Dubbed "the homeless billionaire" because he prefers living out of five-star hotels to owning any homes, his business and nonprofit ventures this winter alone have taken him to Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, New Delhi and Zurich, with a side trip to Antarctica. So it's not entirely surprising to learn that Berggruen, who owns a Gulfstream IV, is not big on cars. "I can drive," said the energetic, boyish-looking 50-year-old.