October 14, 2013 |
Artist Wayne Thiebaud has donated an oil painting and a group of six prints to the Laguna Art Museum in Orange County. The gift was made official on Saturday at a museum ceremony where Thiebaud was honored with the California Art Award in recognition of his part in raising the prominence of California art around the world. The donation includes the 2002 oil painting "Jolly Cones," which depicts two upside-down ice-cream cones sporting cartoon faces. A version of the painting appeared on the cover of the New Yorker magazine in 2002.
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September 1, 2013 |
Michael McManus, the former chief curator for the Laguna Art Museum and organizer of a major scholarly overview of California Impressionism, has died. He was 60. McManus, who had a heart condition, died Aug. 10 at his home in Seal Beach, said Mike Stice, a spokesman for Laguna College of Art and Design. Known for his quirky mannerisms and encyclopedic knowledge of the history of art and regionalist movements, McManus was a popular faculty member at Laguna College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Southern California)
December 7, 2012 |
When Timothy Potts became the director of the Getty Museum in September, he knew he was stepping into an anomaly of a job, unusual within the ranks of America's most prestigious museums. Other museum heads, bound by tight budgets, must essentially beg private collectors for donations of money and artwork. Potts, thanks to the $5.3-billion endowment of the Getty Trust, is under pressure to spend money instead of raising it. So how is his wish list for acquisitions coming? "I don't have one," said Potts, 54, in his first interview on the job. Or believe in them: "You need to be opportunistic when pursuing works of the highest quality.
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March 31, 2012 |
Harry Lawrence, the globe-trotting former owner of an Asian art and antiques import shop in Laguna Beach whose contributions to civic improvements over the decades earned him the nickname Mr. Laguna, has died. He was 97. Lawrence died Sunday of kidney failure in Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, said his wife, Zahide. A resident of Laguna since 1947 — after he and his late first wife, Maxine, bought Warren Imports on South Coast Highway — Lawrence spent the ensuing decades as a major civic force in the picturesque seaside community.
July 21, 2011 |
A few years before he died in 1988, artist Isamu Noguchi established a 24,000-square-foot museum to house representative samples of his seven-decade-long career: paintings, ceramics, furniture, sculptures, landscaping designs and set designs. Noguchi opted to locate the museum in his adopted hometown, New York City. Here on the West Coast, Southern Californians must rely on individual installations to view Noguchi's work. The Laguna Art Museum offers a chance to see a different perspective on Noguchi's accomplishments with "Noguchi: California Legacy," which devotes three compact galleries to a sampling of his work from 1979 to 1986.
July 21, 2011
'Noguchi: California Legacy' Where: Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach When: Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Ends Oct. 2. Contact: (949) 494-8971 or http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org