January 12, 2000 |
Thankfully for artists Jamex and Einar de la Torre, Rudy Giuliani is not mayor of Los Angeles. Their mixed-media sculpture takes an irreverent, thought-provoking look at some of Catholicism's most sacred symbols: the Virgin of Guadalupe and the crucifix. Those symbols are used to comment on sex, love, money, gender roles, power and commercialism. Nothing is too heady for the brothers to take on.
June 21, 1993 |
I was astonished to learn through a story in The Times that, according to Los Angeles Festival Artistic Director Peter Sellars and Executive Director Allison Sampson, the festival this fall "will limit itself to Los Angeles-based artists" ("Scaled-Down L.A. Festival Loses International Artists," Calendar, June 5).
October 2, 1997 |
Very shortly, 20th century art will be chronologically over. The aesthetic of innovation that fueled it has long since been codified, institutionalized and domesticated. Still, it remains an expressive language practiced around the globe. It's possible to find interesting variations on old themes made in unfamiliar climes. USC's Fisher Gallery provides a case in point in "Miquel Navarro and Carmen Calvo." It showcases recent work by two artists from Spain.
October 22, 2003 |
During World War II, Hollywood movies were seen as a powerful propaganda tool -- a role that's the subject of both a screening sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an exhibit at USC's Fisher Gallery. The motion picture academy will be screening a program of rare animated films from World War II tonight at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
February 5, 1989 |
Whether living north or south of the border, artists of Hispanic descent will be well represented around town during the next few weeks. While the County Museum of Art (like several local galleries) features work by American Latino artists in its "Hispanic Art in the United States" exhibit, USC's Fisher Gallery is presenting 95 works by 17 Mexican artists. "Contemporary Mexican Artists," through Feb.
August 11, 1993 |
"LAX: The Los Angeles Exhibition," a biennial art show that got off to a shaky start last December, will return. The second installment of the citywide celebration of Los Angeles art is planned for November and December, 1994, according to attorney Joseph R. Austin, president of the "LAX" board.
November 13, 1994 |
The Norton Simon Museum is preparing to celebrate a proud but rather obscure chapter of Southern California's art- collecting history. Unlike the oft-lamented litany of treasures that might have been ensconced here but got away, this story is about an important collection that stayed. The heroine is Galka Scheyer, a German-born art patron who settled in Los Angeles in 1928 and promoted the work of the Blue Four--Lyonel Feininger, Alexei Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee.
March 20, 1993 |
Two of California's senior masters are, by happy coincidence, currently seen in separate exhibitions of works on paper. The shows combine to inspire thoughts of what it means to make art on the West Coast. William Brice is seen in a survey of some 60 drawings, watercolors and prints at UCLA's Wight Art Gallery. Richard Diebenkorn is represented by about 70 examples at USC's Fisher Gallery. The two men are old teaching colleagues and good friends.
November 18, 1999
Didn't it just feel like summer? Well, now it's winter--at least in downtown's Pershing Square. The outdoor ice-skating rink there has opened for the holiday season with the mouthful-of-a-name "L.A. Kings Downtown on Ice." Gee--trying to get a little publicity for the hockey team that moved in down the street? Now, if Luc Robitaille came to the park and gave skating lessons . . . * L.A.
September 5, 1986 |
"Ancient Currents" at USC's Fisher Gallery (through Oct. 18) typifies the "washing line" approach to curating that dogs most exhibits organized by theme rather than ideology or a specific formal aesthetic.