February 6, 2014 |
The little-known tale of the men and woman who saved priceless artworks during World War II comes to the big screen when the film "The Monuments Men" opens on Friday. George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett tell the story of how experts saved priceless masterpieces from destruction -- a story that will be memorialized in a gallery planned at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. "This gallery will be a journey into the heart of the greatest treasure hunt in history," Robert Edsel , museum board of trustee member, said in a statement.
February 6, 2014 |
Pablo Bronstein's installation at REDCAT is a comically oversize living room. But unlike many architecturally inspired works, it isn't empty. A single performer, clad in a loose white blouse and black tights, maneuvers throughout the space from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. He or she methodically transforms the furniture - which is full of unexpected openings and dual uses - and performs a balletic dance. It's a startling, and quite beautiful, intervention that draws intriguing parallels between bodily movement and furniture design.
February 2, 2014 |
Taos, N.M., has had many lives: a pre-colonial Native American community, a Spanish settlement and, more recently, an artists' colony for those seeking a quieter pace. Today, many come to Taos to ski, but this resilient small town is enjoying an artistic renaissance after the 2008 economic downturn. The town of just 5,700 has about 80 galleries featuring imaginative, provocative art that captures Native American culture and the beauty of the Southwest. The tab: Our family of three spent about $300 a night for lodging and less than $150 a day on food and sightseeing.
January 31, 2014 |
Found art, or paintings and sculptures not originally made by an artist or even with art in mind, is a modern phenomenon heading toward its formal centennial anniversary next year. In 1915 Marcel Duchamp coined the term “readymade,” annoying countless observers in the process, but today the strategy barely turns heads. That doesn't mean it's moribund. At China Art Objects Galleries, Morgan Fisher has made two suites of paintings based on paint chips commercially produced in 1935 to help American consumers decorate their homes.
January 29, 2014 |
The National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday marked the death of musician and social activist Pete Seeger by placing a portrait of the folk singer on display in the museum's first-floor gallery. Seeger died Monday at age 94. The photograph by Sid Grossman shows a young Seeger with his banjo in hand and an exuberant smile, sometime between 1946 and 1948. At the time, Seeger was active at labor rallies in the U.S. and organized the quartet the Weavers. "Blacklisted for his leftist politics in the 1950s, Seeger resurfaced in the 1960s and sparked a folk revival with such classics as 'If I Had a Hammer,' 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
January 18, 2014 |
In one of Andrew Moore's photographs of Cuba, on display through Feb. 15 at Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles, a half-dozen men and women are hanging out at an aging ferry terminal. Their postures are casual and unself-conscious, yet they form a quasi-theatrical tableau. One couple appears absorbed in intimate conversation. A single man rests his head on his hands. Through the modest structure's three arched openings, the verdant tropical landscape can be glimpsed. The image is titled "La Espera," a Spanish word that can mean both "wait" and "hope.
January 17, 2014 |
In one of Andrew Moore's inexhaustible photographs of Cuba, at Couturier, we face a courtyard lined with rows of silver chairs, their filigreed backs like a slightly chaotic jewelry display, a shiny jumble of upended pendants. At the far side of the courtyard is a building that proposes architecture as an act of whimsical montage, a dynamic piecing together of old and new, function, decoration and metaphor. The outdoor space operates as a theater, which is also how most of Moore's photographs feel, like naturalist stages where life is played out with heightened color and concentrated emotion.
January 10, 2014 |
The track lighting has been installed, the pamphlets have been printed, and the 357-pound metal space rock that crashed to Earth 50,000 years ago has been bolted to its small display table. UCLA's Meteorite Gallery is officially open to the public. To the casual observer, this small room on the third floor of the Geology Building might resemble the trophy room of a fastidious rock collector. But to curator John Wasson, a 79-year-old cosmochemist at the Westwood campus, it is much, much more.
January 10, 2014
WHERE: The museum is in Room 3697 of the Geology Building on the UCLA campus in Westwood. The address is 595 Charles E. Young Dr. East. WHEN: Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and some weekend afternoons. On weekends, graduate students will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the collection. ADMISSION: Free. For more information, visit meteorites.ucla.edu .
December 17, 2013 |
Who would expect to find an art show in a real estate office, even an agency devoted to architectural properties? Melinda Fay organized the Good Eye Gallery show "Home as Art," which she describes as a pop-up with more than 70 works, all installed throughout the nondescript Banner Los Robles corporate building in Pasadena where Deasy/Penner & Partners keeps its offices. Artworks hang in offices, in hallways, from the ceiling. The concentration of emerging and mid-career artists means there are several affordable gift-giving opportunities in this countdown to Christmas: Small paintings by South Pasadena artist Jordan Daines begin at $220, and handmade silk leaf mobiles by Jan Carson are $200 apiece.