September 10, 2001 |
Hiroshi Sugimoto's lush photo portraits of Henry VIII, Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire and Jesus are too good to be true. The photos, all black and white, are crisp, clear and larger than life. But most of Sugimoto's carefully posed subjects were dead, of course, long before the age of photography. In "Sugimoto: Portraits," on view at the Guggenheim Museum SoHo through Nov. 10, Sugimoto succeeds in melting perceptions of reality.
November 28, 2012 |
Gallery owner Jeffrey Fraenkel is making his hometown even more of a destination for photography, donating 26 works by Diane Arbus to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The 26 photos come from a series Arbus made between 1969 and 1971 that document mentally ill patients at different institutions. They will bring SFMOMA's total count of Arbus images to 64, making it the West Coast's largest repository of her works. The museum also announced the receipt of two other major gifts.
January 31, 2013 |
"The Black Mirror," an unusually fine group show, inaugurates Diane Rosenstein's handsome new Hollywood space. A taut and provocative visual essay, the show gathers 40 works by 21 mostly contemporary artists, including James Welling, who co-curated with Rosenstein. Process is key here, and few of the paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs are conventionally made. In Farrah Karapetian's "Ruin 1: The Stones in the Wall," cut-out photograms of ice -- physical traces of a substance translucent and transient -- are collaged to suggest the building blocks of a dense and durable wall.
June 1, 2007 |
In a pledge that reinforces a philanthropic tradition, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has received the promise of a gift of 33 pieces from Clifford Einstein, chair of MOCA's board of trustees, and his wife, Madeline. The donation comprises works made over the last three decades by an international slate of prominent artists, including Kiki Smith, Nam June Paik, Mark Grotjahn, Sigmar Polke, Mike Kelley and Lari Pittman.
August 10, 2000
Museums, galleries and murals mentioned in Christopher Knight's roundup (Page 10) of the top art attractions in Southern California. MURALS Willie Herron's "The Wall That Cracked Open" (4125 City Terrace Drive, near Carmelita Avenue, City Terrace). The 1972 mural is painted at the site where Herron's younger brother was stabbed by local gang members. Judy Baca's "The Great Wall of Los Angeles" (Coldwater Canyon Avenue between Burbank Boulevard and Oxnard Street, Van Nuys).
March 11, 2001
Movies Jude Law plays a Russian sharpshooter who becomes a hero in the World War II siege of Stalingrad, and Joseph Fiennes, left, is the propagandist who chronicles his exploits in Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Enemy at the Gates," which also features Ed Harris and Rachel Weisz. Opens wide Friday.