February 27, 2009 |
The Hammer Museum, an institution with a broad historical reach that has transformed itself into a hot spot for contemporary art, will get an infusion of fresh curatorial blood in two top positions. Douglas Fogle, the curator of contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh who organized last year's "Carnegie International," has been appointed chief curator and deputy director of exhibitions and public programs at the Westwood institution. Anne Ellegood, a contemporary art specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., has been named the Hammer's chief curator.
December 25, 1985 |
Edith Tonelli, director of UCLA's Frederick S. Wight Gallery, was in a bind. By exhibiting eight contemporary Indian artists whose work is inspired by tantra--a philosophy and collection of meditational methods practiced by subsects of the Hindu and Buddhist religions--she was faced with minting a phrase that would simultaneously describe the little-known art movement's heritage and modernity. How about neo -tantra?
January 7, 1990 |
Sated as we are by reviews of the past year and decade, it's a relief to look ahead in 1990. Forget about the disappointments of 1989. Here come big exhibitions of art by Francis Bacon, John Baldessari, Kasimir Malevich, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Titian. The Soviets are sending more loan shows from their great museums, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is organizing a landmark exhibition on "The Fauve Landscape" and the J.
December 22, 1987 |
Within the sprightly, well-ordered world of Roger Brown's paintings lurks a profound unrest. The lollipop trees, perfect, ice-cream-scoop hills and cookie-cutter high-rises house a diseased humanity, a species plagued by disaster, violence and an urge toward self-destruction. The retrospective of Brown's work at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art doesn't look so foreboding at first.
May 9, 1985 |
In one corner, Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) chatted with Mihich Vasa, a Yugoslavian-born artist and UCLA professor. On a wall nearby, a travel poster of the rolling Napa Valley vineyards vied for attention with an original Andy Warhol in pale, glowing pastels depicting the star-studded concrete at Mann's Chinese Theatre. Surprisingly, the setting was not the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, but Wilson's office in the Hart Senate Office Building.
September 8, 1985 |
An exhibition of works by Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros opens next Sunday at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Park. Previously seen on the West Coast at the San Diego Museum of Art, the show had traveled to Moscow, Leningrad, Warsaw and Prague. In reviewing the exhibition in San Diego, Times art critic William Wilson wrote, "Siqueiros' art reflects passionate stubborn ideological conviction.