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July 26, 2012 | By David Ng
Franz West, the Austrian artist known for his innovative sculptures and installations, has died at 65. West died in Vienna on Wednesday following a long illness, according to reports. West's sculptural creations were both playful and serious, accessible and yet intellectually challenging. During his career, West mounted shows at major museums around the world. A retrospective exhibition of his work organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art came to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2009.
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May 24, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Collages with the material heft of sculptures and sculptures with the two-dimensional articulation of flat drawings characterize Florian Morlat's engagingly strange show at Cherry and Martin. (The show is the first of a two-part exhibition, the second installment opening June 8.) The palette is dominated by the red-black-white seriousness of Constructivist art, with its early 20th century emphasis on theory in service of productive revolution, while the gawky eccentricity of the forms is more in keeping with the tactile seductions of participatory sculpture by the late Franz West.
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April 2, 2009 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, ART CRITIC
"Don't Touch" is an unspoken warning in any art museum. Sometimes an institution might post a sign explaining to visitors why touching the art on view is bad -- not just for the obvious catastrophic reasons, but because even oils from hands that appear to be clean can cause incremental damage. Mostly, though, visitors already know what they are (or, rather, aren't) supposed to do in art's presence. Touch is a privilege typically reserved for the artist who made the art, as well as its professional caretakers.
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July 26, 2012 | By David Ng
Karl Benjamin, the celebrated Los Angeles painter, has died at 86. The artist died Thursday of congestive heart failure at his home in Claremont, said his daughter Beth Marie Benjamin.  Benjamin created paintings that experimented in different ways with bold color and various shapes. He was categorized as an Abstract Classicist in an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that ran in the late '50s. His works were also described as "hard-edged," an art term that describes works in which colors and shapes are starkly juxtaposed.  Benjamin's career had its ups and downs, with his work going out of fashion in the '70s and '80s.
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March 15, 1994 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
The 28 sofas lined up in four diagonal rows of seven on the outdoor sculpture plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art constitute a simple but vibrant gesture. * "Test," as the new, brightly colored installation by noted Austrian artist Franz West is appropriately titled, means to evaluate the prospects for an authentically public sense of place.
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December 28, 2008 | Christopher Knight
FRANZ WEST FROM THE TOP DOWN Austrian artist Franz West, 61, did his first site-specific American installation at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art in 1994. Twenty-eight high-back sofas, made from welded steel re-bar and loosely upholstered in bright fabrics acquired from downtown's booming garment district, transformed an outdoor plaza into a comfy living room crossed with an urban construction site.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By David Ng
Karl Benjamin, the celebrated Los Angeles painter, has died at 86. The artist died Thursday of congestive heart failure at his home in Claremont, said his daughter Beth Marie Benjamin.  Benjamin created paintings that experimented in different ways with bold color and various shapes. He was categorized as an Abstract Classicist in an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that ran in the late '50s. His works were also described as "hard-edged," an art term that describes works in which colors and shapes are starkly juxtaposed.  Benjamin's career had its ups and downs, with his work going out of fashion in the '70s and '80s.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Collages with the material heft of sculptures and sculptures with the two-dimensional articulation of flat drawings characterize Florian Morlat's engagingly strange show at Cherry and Martin. (The show is the first of a two-part exhibition, the second installment opening June 8.) The palette is dominated by the red-black-white seriousness of Constructivist art, with its early 20th century emphasis on theory in service of productive revolution, while the gawky eccentricity of the forms is more in keeping with the tactile seductions of participatory sculpture by the late Franz West.
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June 24, 1987 | Associated Press
Two tourists were found shot to death in this eastern township, a news agency reported Tuesday. The bodies of Matheus Joachim Franz, a West German, and Elizabeth Nasah, an Austrian, were discovered in a car Monday near the village of Gunbuldu, the Hurriyet news agency said. An autopsy showed each was shot three times.
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March 3, 1999 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Slacker ambitions and designer pretensions collide in an installation by Hendrika Sonnenberg and Chris Hanson at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Aside from revealing how difficult it is for artists to make convincing work by acting as if they couldn't care less, this lackadaisical display demonstrates that such passive-aggressive posturing has become a style all its own--no different from, say, Expressionism or Minimalism, despite being less time-consuming.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By David Ng
Franz West, the Austrian artist known for his innovative sculptures and installations, has died at 65. West died in Vienna on Wednesday following a long illness, according to reports. West's sculptural creations were both playful and serious, accessible and yet intellectually challenging. During his career, West mounted shows at major museums around the world. A retrospective exhibition of his work organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art came to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2009.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2009 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, ART CRITIC
"Don't Touch" is an unspoken warning in any art museum. Sometimes an institution might post a sign explaining to visitors why touching the art on view is bad -- not just for the obvious catastrophic reasons, but because even oils from hands that appear to be clean can cause incremental damage. Mostly, though, visitors already know what they are (or, rather, aren't) supposed to do in art's presence. Touch is a privilege typically reserved for the artist who made the art, as well as its professional caretakers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2008 | Christopher Knight
FRANZ WEST FROM THE TOP DOWN Austrian artist Franz West, 61, did his first site-specific American installation at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art in 1994. Twenty-eight high-back sofas, made from welded steel re-bar and loosely upholstered in bright fabrics acquired from downtown's booming garment district, transformed an outdoor plaza into a comfy living room crossed with an urban construction site.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1994 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
The 28 sofas lined up in four diagonal rows of seven on the outdoor sculpture plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art constitute a simple but vibrant gesture. * "Test," as the new, brightly colored installation by noted Austrian artist Franz West is appropriately titled, means to evaluate the prospects for an authentically public sense of place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1994
Gaudily upholstered sofas on a public plaza. What do they mean? "Modern art," smiles a portly visitor to the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles. "Comfortable, though," he adds, settling in. "I mean, considering." Considering what? Considering, perhaps, the increasingly defensive character of public accommodation in the United States.
SPORTS
July 8, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY
Franz Beckenbauer, West Germany's coach, will join the organizing committee for the 1994 World Cup in the United States as a consultant, sources said Saturday. Beckenbauer, 43, announced earlier this year that he would resign as West Germany's coach after the World Cup. His team will play Argentina today at the Olympic Stadium for the championship. Although it has been speculated that he will coach the U.S.
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