October 3, 1994 |
This century found itself confronted by the most crucial of human issues. The question was, which would dominate, the mind-set of the collective or that of the individual? It was a central theme for fine artists, individualists by definition. Now, as the time winds down, it appears the big guys won. Soviet communism collapsed, to be sure, but its urge to homogenize remained rampant in corporations and the media.
March 27, 1996 |
Historically, women have acted as culture's conservators of convention. Thus, when women begin to change it means culture is evolving. A virtually perfect illustration of this proposition is embodied in the exhibition "Light in Darkness: Women in Japanese Prints of Early Showa (1926-1945)" at USC's Fisher Gallery. It's a visually engaging assembly of more than 100 polychrome woodblock prints called shin-hanga (new print).
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.
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.
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.