May 27, 1988 |
Denzil Hurley comes from Jamaica, and his small untitled paintings are shorthand memories of colors and forms baking under the sun or sequestered in darkness, as translated by someone who has absorbed the lessons of contemporary abstraction in art school. Quick and rough in a way that's at once offhand and effortful, these intimate works are done an injustice by being spaced at huge, grandiose intervals along the wall of the cavernous front gallery.
February 24, 2000 |
Aline Barnsdall was, by most accounts, an odd bird. Heir to an oil fortune, she could afford to be described as freethinking, eccentric, radical, temperamental. Or, maybe those were just the words folks used 80 years ago to describe women who lived so independently. She came to Los Angeles from Chicago with dreams of building an artists' colony. She hired Frank Lloyd Wright to build a house atop Olive Hill, now Barnsdall Art Park.
January 20, 2000 |
Like most major art museums, Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art gets a rush of art gifts at the end of each year, when collectors typically make tax-deductible contributions. It now appears that 1999 was a particularly good year for MOCA--and not only because of tax breaks. Of the 120 works added to the museum's collection last year, 17 pieces were donated in honor of Jeremy Strick, who succeeded director Richard Koshalek last July.
February 13, 1998 |
Raphael Montanez Ortiz destroyed a piano the other day. It was a ritual slaughter. He hovered around the instrument--an ancient, decaying upright probably no longer loved by anyone--as if taking measure of his foe and the small audience that was gathered in a gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Art's Geffen Contemporary. He chanted a bit and then lifted his ax and began swinging.
August 1, 1998 |
ART Too Gutsy for Some: Animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot asked Austrians on Friday to boycott a six-day performance piece by Viennese artist Hermann Nitsch that is to include the on-stage slaughter of three bulls. Nitsch plans to subsequently use the bulls' blood and entrails to create art. The animals are to be slaughtered by professional butchers under the observation of licensed veterinarians.