March 15, 1994 |
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.
July 26, 2012 |
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.
December 28, 2008 |
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.
May 24, 2013 |
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.
June 24, 1987 |
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.
March 3, 1999 |
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.