December 30, 2007 |
JONATHAN BUTTALL RICH BRITISH BOY He's been dead for slightly more than 200 years, but Jonathan Buttall (1752-1805) has a face more famous today than when he was alive. Thanks for that go to incomparable British portraitist Thomas Gainsborough and extravagant American art collector Henry Huntington, who bought the dazzling "Blue Boy" with much fanfare from the second Duke of Westminster in 1921 and brought the painting to Southern California.
June 3, 2012 |
In 1969 and 1970, sculptor Michael Heizer displaced 240,000 tons of rock in the Nevada desert, cutting two enormous trenches, each one 50 feet deep and 30 feet wide and together spanning 1,500 feet, at the eastern edge of Mormon Mesa. In 1970, artist Robert Smithson marshaled heavy equipment to deposit rocks and rubble along a 1,500-foot-long path, starting at the shoreline of a remote section of Great Salt Lake, Utah, and spiraling out into the water. In 1977, Walter De Maria harnessed the potential energy of a distant patch of high desert in Western New Mexico by installing 400 stainless steel poles - effectively lightning rods, each one about 20 feet tall - in a grid pattern that measures one mile by one kilometer.
December 31, 1992 |
Elegant geometric paintings by Wassily Kandinsky in the same gallery as films of dancing geometric shapes, shot by Oscar Fischinger (who collaborated on "Fantasia")? Not every small museum has the resources to show such works side by side. But that's the kind of eclectic collection that the Long Beach Museum of Art owns, and the current exhibit, "Choice Encounters," (through Feb. 14) wisely takes full advantage of it.
May 18, 1996 |
Like other preeminent performance and video artists of her pioneering generation, Joan Jonas has experimented with various ways of presenting works, trying to find a form that does not require her constant physical presence yet still packs more punch than conventional videos. A rare and uneven exhibition of new works at Rosamund Felsen Gallery displays some recent attempts to transfer the raw intimacy of an ongoing performance to the static space of an art gallery.
June 22, 1986 |
"Art Nouveau Jewelry by Rene Lalique" brings 47 pendants, necklaces, combs, tiaras, chest ornaments, bracelets and brooches plus 21 related drawings from the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon to the County Museum of Art, Thursday through Aug. 18. In addition, 10 Lalique pieces from American collections and 14 drawings from the Lalique family collection in Paris are on loan to the exhibition.
December 15, 2009
Creature features return Several classic horror titles are stepping out of the crypt. "Creature From the Black Lagoon," the remake of the 1950s camp classic about a mythic monster who terrorizes scientists, and "The Brood," David Cronenberg's 1979 science-fiction/horror film about a woman who telepathically instructs her children to act out violently, are both landing new directors. Carl Rinsch, the hot commercials director who recently signed on to direct the samurai adventure "47 Ronin," is now in talks to direct Universal's "Black Lagoon," updating the story of the Gill-man and the Amazonian havoc he wreaks.