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September 17, 2013 |
A defaced painting of President Obama that stands above a Sacramento art gallery will remain up for all to see, the curator says. Barbara Range at the Brickhouse Art Gallery told FOX40 she was angry and in disbelief when she first saw the graffiti across the large rooftop painting last week. But she later decided that it will stay up. ”We will not have it removed simply because someone chose to disagree with the view of President Obama," Range said. An artist at the gallery told FOX40 it would be impossible to clean the graffiti without doing permanent damage to the original painting underneath.
September 17, 2013 |
A New York art dealer has admitted her involvement in a 15-year scam that cost art buyers $80 million. Glafira Rosales, 57, of Sands Point, appeared in a Manhattan court Monday and pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to sell more than 60 fake works of modern art to New York art galleries. From 1994 to 2009, Rosales sold 63 counterfeit paintings as newly discovered pieces by 20th century masters -- including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell -- to Manhattan galleries, earning her $33.2 million.
September 13, 2013 |
We here at Culture Monster - all right, one of us here at Culture Monster - was a stamp collector as a kid. So the news that the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will be opening what it calls “the world's largest stamp gallery” on Sept. 22 was especially welcome. The William H. Gross Stamp Gallery - named after its No. 1 benefactor -- will feature stamps as well as historically significant mail in the context of American history and culture, the museum said. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview Highlights of the collection include stamps of Hawaiian kings, before Hawaii was officially a state; an 1868 1-cent Z-grill stamp - one of two in existence; and a letter to John Hancock postmarked July 4, 1776.
September 11, 2013 |
"Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids From Brooklyn," currently ensconced at Walt Disney Concert Hall's Ira Gershwin Gallery through Feb. 23, is a treasure trove of lyric sheets, performance materials, scripts, correspondence, business papers, posters, videos and recordings chronicling the lives and careers of the legendary comic actor and his composer wife. The Disney Hall space, a satellite gallery of the Library of Congress, is open to anyone attending a performance or on a free docent-led tour or a self-guided audio tour of the building.
August 23, 2013 |
This post has been updated. In the short, high-definition film “Liquid Assets” by Israeli-born, London-based artist Ori Gersht, a rippling gray blob of molten metal that looks rather like mercury rolls into close-up view against a mottled gray field. Slowly it takes the loose shape of a disk. An electronic soundtrack rumbles with foreboding as the disk's animated surface boils like a roiling, storm-tossed sea. Amid the shifting waves, the suggestion of a face in profile looking to the right flickers in and out of view.
August 19, 2013 |
Brushed, sprayed, faded, poured, taped, impasto, splashed - the paint on Joshua Podoll's canvases amounts to a virtual lexicon of motifs in contemporary abstraction since World War II. Podoll piles them all up, one atop the other, making compositions that are part refuse-heap of exhausted strategies and part newly invigorated construction, scavenged from what is laying around and available for use. At Christopher Grimes Gallery, eight recent paintings...
August 8, 2013
Perfection and aesthetics do not usually go together, but the deliciously mysterious monochromes in Maxwell Hendler's "All Summer Long" make their pairing seem natural. As a colorist he's a genius, and that's all he needs to make paintings so gorgeous you see everything in a split-second and cannot stop looking, well into autumn and far beyond. Manny Silverman Gallery, 619 N. Almont Drive, (310) 659-8256, through Aug. 17. Closed Sundays and Mondays. http://www.mannysilvermangallery.com
August 2, 2013 |
Mobility might be endangered in Los Angeles, traffic being what it is, but a mobile app for smartphones to find one's way around the city's far-flung art scene is still an excellent idea. Artists Jody Zellen and Brian C. Moss had it, and their self-described labor of love, called “ What's On Los Angeles ,” is now available. Well-organized, the design of the visual art-listing site is clean and simple to use. It's divided into "Galleries" and "Institutions," with handy sections on weekly exhibition openings and imminent closures.
July 5, 2013 |
The competitive, often territorial world of street art has long been male-dominated. Increasingly, however, women artists are adding a distinct sensibility to the street art scene that, in Los Angeles and other cities, includes yarn bombing (or graffiti knitting) and sculptural installations as well as traditional murals. At Daniel Lahoda's downtown LALA Gallery, original paintings, prints and sculptures by more than a dozen women street artists are the focus of a new exhibition opening Aug. 9. Some participants are internationally known, such as Tokyo native Lady Aiko, now living in Brooklyn, and New York-based Swoon, who was part of MOCA's 2011 "Art in the Streets" show.