December 26, 2012 |
At the Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park, the title of the exhibition "Lost (in L.A.)" pretty much describes how I felt when looking at its many sculptures, installations, videos and a few paintings. Thematic art exhibitions are sometimes puzzling, with the reasoning behind the general selection of artists or juxtapositions of specific works obscure, and that's certainly the case here. A subtitle could be: "Huh?" One of the more enchanting objects on display is a 1946 letter, although in the upper left corner, just above the salutation, it does sport a small, doodle-like ink drawing of an apple wearing a mask.
July 20, 2012 |
A Henri Matisse painting stolen a decade ago from a museum in Venezuela has been recovered 1,300 miles away in Florida. Matisse's "Odalisque in Red Pants," worth $3 million, was taken from the Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum and replaced with a fake, CNN reports, although officials aren't sure how thieves lifted the 1925 masterpiece -- or when. On Tuesday, a man and woman allegedly tried to sell the artwork for $740,000 to an undercover FBI agent in Miami. Pedro Antonio Marcuello Guzman, 46, of Miami, and Maria Martha Elisa Ornelas Lazo, 50, of Mexico City, have been charged with transporting and possessing stolen property.
April 20, 2012 |
Mickalene Thomas is to contemporary painting what Daft Punk is to music: acclaimed as one of the more original remix artists working today. The 41-year-old Brooklyn artist has borrowed images and poses from established masters such as Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Romare Bearden in her paintings. But her most recent work owes a particularly explicit debt to Gustave Courbet, the 19th-century French realist who famously painted a graphic (some say pornographic)
February 11, 2011 |
Reporting from San Diego ? At 78, Howard Hodgkin has slowed a bit, requiring a wheelchair lately to move about, but he remains quick as ever to speak his mind and, judging by the San Diego Museum of Art's exhibition of his recent work, compelled as ever to paint the wealth of memories and sensations that occupy it. The London-based artist appeared proud as he surveyed the show, before its opening in late January. He scoffed mildly, though, at the "innocuous and rather silly title" ?
January 3, 2009 |
Thieves stole works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and others from a Berlin gallery over the New Year's holiday, police said Friday. More than 30 works, in total worth an estimated $250,000, were stolen, apparently between Wednesday afternoon and lunchtime Thursday, police spokeswoman Claudia Schweiger said. The artwork was taken from the Fasanengalerie, a private gallery near western Berlin's central shopping district. The etchings, prints and sculptures included "Profil au fond noir," a 1947 work by Picasso; "Nude in a rocking chair," a Matisse print from 1913; and "Le Boupeut," a 1962 color print by Georges Braque.
November 8, 2007 |
A Henri Matisse painting was auctioned at Christie's for $33.6 million, a record for the artist. The 1937 oil-on-canvas work "L'Odalisque, Harmonie Bleue," which features one of the artist's favorite models lounging behind a table with a bouquet, was purchased Tuesday night by an unidentified buyer, the auction house announced. The previous auction record for a Matisse painting was $22 million for "Danseuse dans le fauteuil, sol en damier," a 1942 work, at Sotheby's in June.