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November 20, 2010 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
After nearly five years of constant construction and much more still to go, leaders of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have resolved not to continue until they have socked away an additional $100 million in donations on top of the $320 million in cash and pledges given so far. A mixed review of LACMA's recession-buffeted finances issued Wednesday by Moody's Investors Service lays out the reasons why the museum that opened the Broad Contemporary Art...
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February 28, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Dressed in corduroy pants, slip-on black shoes and a windbreaker, Frank Gehry strolled through a tiny universe of thread and painted metal mobiles. Light, curves and shadows; all clutter stripped away. The shapes floated in silence and the architect, who knows something of graceful sketches and clean designs, smiled, as if in the artist's vision he had found a kindred whisper. "He kind of worked intuitively," Gehry, 84, who possesses the air of a small-town hardware salesman, said of Alexander Calder.
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June 20, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
When John Baldessari's retrospective "Pure Beauty" opens at the L.A. County Museum of Art on June 27, expect to see several generations of artists on hand for the opening-week events. For as long as he has been making art in Los Angeles, Baldessari has also been, in a less tangible way, making artists: offering suggestions, encouragement and above all conversation to students eager to follow in his footsteps by living a life of art. Follow they did, with their own gallery shows, museum shows, teaching gigs and some commercial successes that have at times even surpassed their teacher's.
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January 30, 2014 | By Reed Johnson
The beautiful game first revealed itself to Franklin Sirmans in the lightning-bolt shots of Giorgio Chinaglia. In the gazelle-like strides of Franz Beckenbauer. And in the audacious inventiveness of the Brazilian forward Pelé. It was the late 1970s, and Sirmans was a New York City high school soccer player who supported the Cosmos, the Gotham squad that was a melting pot of global talent. Its fan base, likewise, was a veritable United Nations of fútbol obsessives. Even during the few years he lived in Albany, Sirmans says, his love of soccer and the Cosmos bound him to a broader, more cosmopolitan concept of humanity.
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November 21, 2009 | By Mike Boehm
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art saw its investment portfolio lose nearly a quarter of its value during its 2008-09 fiscal year, which coincided with the worst worldwide financial debacle since the Great Depression. The $254.7-million pile of cash and investments shrank to $196 million, a 23% drop, according to figures in the audited financial statements that LACMA recently posted on its website. The most worrisome development for LACMA -- as for many nonprofits -- has been the recession's effect on fundraising.
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November 28, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
The price of behind-the-scenes access at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is going up. And some donors in the museum's oldest support groups are talking about dropping out. The changes affect the long-standing art councils at LACMA, groups of art enthusiasts and professionals who currently pay a minimum of $400 a year in dues and organize projects to raise money for a favorite department, such as photography or decorative arts. The perks include access to private events featuring artists, curators or collectors.
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July 29, 2009 | John Horn and Susan King
For four decades, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has fed film aficionados a steady diet of movie classics -- retrospectives that included works from Roman Polanski, Cary Grant, Ernst Lubitsch and, in a current series, James Mason. But the museum's weekend film program was losing both money and its audience, and LACMA said Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on its cinematic centerpiece.
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April 15, 2010
In time to correspond with the L.A. Opera's presentation of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle, this LACMA exhibition "Myths, Legends and Cultural Renewal: Wagner's Sources" will explore the Germanic myths, folk tales and legends that inspired Wagner, Goethe, the Brothers Grimm and other Germanic artists. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. $12. Noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; Noon to 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (323) 857-6000; http://www.lacma.org.
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September 4, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
British pop-rockers Florence and the Machine will be the musical attraction this fall for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's second annual Art + Film Gala. The band, whose booking LACMA announced Tuesday, provides both typographical consistency and a musical and generational contrast to last year's inaugural Art + Film Gala headliner, Stevie Wonder. Big-voiced, red-haired Florence Welch debuted in 2009 as an heiress to the Kate Bush-led lineage of gothically dramatic British art-pop divas, while displaying soul music influences as well.
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May 28, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
"James Turrell: A Retrospective" is a bit like a dinner party at which the guest of honor is absent. Family members and friends are there, plus lots of conversation about the one who's missing. But the primary impetus for the get-together couldn't make it. The missing guest, of course, is Roden Crater - the much written-about volcano in the Northern Arizona desert that the artist has been converting into an elaborate, celestial observatory since he located the dramatic site more than 40 years ago. The exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art includes extensive documentation of the ongoing project, in the form of models, drawings, plans, photographs and video.
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February 13, 2013 | By Jung Yoon Choi
The South Korean people have had the chance to see exhibitions of some well-known American artists - Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, among others - in recent years, but until "Art Across America" came to Seoul, they hadn't seen a comprehensive exhibition showing the history of American art. The exhibition, 168 artworks including portraits, landscape paintings, decorative artifacts and Native American art, opened earlier this month at the National Museum...
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December 5, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Not quite an example of winning through intimidation, the exhibition "Drawing Surrealism" partly persuades through the sheer volume of its offerings - distinctive, once wildly avant-garde and now orthodox drawings. Five galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art feature 206 works by nearly 100 artists from 15 countries around the globe - plus 14 more collaborations; a slew of prints, books and fliers laid out in a 40-foot vitrine; and, finally, new commissioned pieces by Alexandra Grant, Mark Licari and Stas Orlovski that create links between current art and the Surrealist efflorescence more than 60 years ago. The show's focus is the movement's heyday between the mid-1920s and 1950, but the new works underscore how Surrealist devices became as much a part of art's standard repertoire as one-point perspective or abstraction did. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times That's a lot to take on. Spend a scant 30 seconds with each art object, and already a commitment of more than 2 1/2 hours is made to giving just a once-over to "Drawing Surrealism.
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November 28, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
The price of behind-the-scenes access at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is going up. And some donors in the museum's oldest support groups are talking about dropping out. The changes affect the long-standing art councils at LACMA, groups of art enthusiasts and professionals who currently pay a minimum of $400 a year in dues and organize projects to raise money for a favorite department, such as photography or decorative arts. The perks include access to private events featuring artists, curators or collectors.
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November 22, 2012
EXHIBITION Explore the fascinating, cinematic world of the legendary late director Stanley Kubrick. After the success of its recent Tim Burton exhibition, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is once again hosting a large-scale retrospective on the work of a popular filmmaker. The Kubrick exhibition features more than 1,000 items, including Kubrick's personal chess set, camera lenses and scrapbooks as well as art objects that influenced the director during the making of some of his films including "The Shining" and "2001: A Space Odyssey.
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November 14, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
If dentistry has been a big subject in the history of European painting, I've missed it. Religious feeling, the rhythms of domestic life, displays of political power - yes. Tooth pulling? Not so much. Yet there it is in the final room of a wonderfully absorbing new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gathered around a meticulous, carpet-covered table that is something like a secular altar, four men, an old woman and a small child watch in rapt attention as a rough-faced man reaches around into another man's mouth with a pair of pliers and, as blood streams, yanks at a rotten tooth.
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October 4, 2012
MUSIC The fifth annual Angel City Jazz Festival begins Friday with a free show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art featuring Phil Ranelin, a remarkable meeting between guitarist Anthony Wilson and session drum-deity Jim Keltner on Saturday at REDCAT and a multi-act festival featuring young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and fiery saxophonist Archie Shepp on Sunday at Ford Amphitheater. The festival continues into next weekend. Venues around Los Angeles; admission and times vary.
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September 4, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
British pop-rockers Florence and the Machine will be the musical attraction this fall for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's second annual Art + Film Gala. The band, whose booking LACMA announced Tuesday, provides both typographical consistency and a musical and generational contrast to last year's inaugural Art + Film Gala headliner, Stevie Wonder. Big-voiced, red-haired Florence Welch debuted in 2009 as an heiress to the Kate Bush-led lineage of gothically dramatic British art-pop divas, while displaying soul music influences as well.
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