November 15, 2012
Explore the work of the legendary post-Abstract Expressionist and minimalist Jasper Johns in an exhibition at Leslie Sacks Contemporary. A variety of Johns' cutting-edge work will be on display, including several of his iconic flag and number paintings. Leslie Sacks Contemporary, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., B6, Santa Monica. Sat. to Jan. 5. Free. Gallery hours vary. (310) 264-0640; http://www.lscontemporary.com.
September 25, 2012 |
Bond king Jeffrey Gundlach has offered a $1.7-million reward for the safe return of artworks stolen recently from his Santa Monica home. The stolen pieces, worth an estimated $10 million, included some of the biggest names in contemporary art: Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns and Richard Diebenkorn. What happens to art after it's stolen? Join us for a live video chat today at 4:30 p.m. with retired FBI agent Robert K. Wittman, who wrote the book "Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures.
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July 6, 2011 |
Cy Twombly, an internationally renowned American artist whose lyrically evocative signature works blur the boundaries of painting, drawing and handwritten poetry, has died. He was 83. Twombly died Tuesday in Rome, where he had spent much of his time since the late 1950s. The cause of death was not immediately known, but he had suffered from cancer, the Associated Press reported. An independent figure who likened his art to an encapsulation of the creative experience, Twombly was sometimes dismissed as a minor talent or disparaged as a doodler whose loosely fashioned images, loopy texts and skeins of colored line looked too easy.
November 14, 2010 |
In 1989, the private Corcoran Gallery of Art, battered by threats from Congress and worried about future federal grants, canceled an exhibition by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe that included male nudity and homosexual scenes. The controversial banning made the Washington art establishment seem philistine, intolerant and spineless. Times and attitudes change. Now, a Washington museum is pioneering a show that celebrates gay and lesbian art and delineates its place in the history of American painting and photography.
February 6, 2010
Arts patron gets 9 years Former international arts patron Alberto Vilar was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for stealing from investors at his Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc. U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan announced the sentence at a hearing in Manhattan federal court, where Vilar, 69, was convicted in 2008 of all 12 criminal counts against him, including fraud and conspiracy. Vilar also was ordered to pay $21.9 million in restitution. Prosecutors said Vilar and his former Amerindo partner, Gary Tanaka, stole from clients to keep the firm afloat and to fund Vilar's philanthropic pledges and lifestyle after Internet and technology stocks plunged beginning in 2000.
November 15, 2009
MOCA: An article last Sunday about the Museum of Contemporary Art incorrectly referred to "a Mark Rothko bull's eye" painting in the museum's collection. The painting is by Elaine Sturtevant, based on a target image by Jasper Johns.