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August 17, 1997 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a regular contributor to Calendar
What makes a man turn away from the world and retreat into himself? It's a question that comes to mind when examining the work and life of artist Lucas Samaras. His first solo show in Los Angeles in 17 years is currently at PaceWildenstein in Beverly Hills, but don't expect to see Samaras hanging about chatting up the local collectors. The 61-year-old artist is notoriously reclusive and rarely leaves his Manhattan apartment, which he refers to as his "partner."
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August 17, 1997 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a regular contributor to Calendar
What makes a man turn away from the world and retreat into himself? It's a question that comes to mind when examining the work and life of artist Lucas Samaras. His first solo show in Los Angeles in 17 years is currently at PaceWildenstein in Beverly Hills, but don't expect to see Samaras hanging about chatting up the local collectors. The 61-year-old artist is notoriously reclusive and rarely leaves his Manhattan apartment, which he refers to as his "partner."
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July 14, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Is This Art, Or What?: An exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery drew complaints from a woman this week because it included nude photographs of men by American artist Lucas Samaras. However, after police looked at the exhibit to determine if it was obscene, they said, "Case closed. The photos don't meet the definition of obscenity under the criminal code. They may be in bad taste, but obscene, no."
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October 13, 1985 | JOSINE IANCO-STARRELS
An overview of the arts and life styles of 50 Native California cultures, including Pomo, Miwok, Chumash and Gabrielino social units, called "Tribelets," goes on view Tuesday at the Southwest Museum." Titled "People of California," the installation occupies 2,400 square feet of renovated exhibition space and is organized according to California's four main geographic areas: the far northeast coast, the extensive central core, the desert region and the southern coastal area.
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July 14, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With summer's looser schedule, the Getty Center provides Valley residents with a getaway from suburban realities. That other world at the moment is early 20th century Paris as seen through the eyes of photographer Eugene Atget. If the conventional impression of summer art exhibits involves splashy colors and aesthetics that are easy on the cerebrum, the Getty Center show runs against type. Atget's prints are small and fragile-looking, the details delicate.
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December 10, 1986 | BETTY GOODWIN
You could overhear a knock-knock joke in one end of the buffet line and a rather spirited discussion about Frank Stella's aluminum constructions in the other. Los Angeles County Museum of Art officials were calling it a first: the unusual opportunity for its supporters to attend a party, leave the tux at home and bring along the kids, including babies in Aprica strollers.
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October 2, 1995 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Opening night reception Thursday for PaceWildenstein Los Angeles (actually, in Beverly Hills), the West Coast outpost of the prestigious New York modern and contemporary art gallery. Trend Watch: Recent seekers of event venues are taking to the streets. Earlier in the month, Planet Hollywood's party planners carpeted North Rodeo Drive in red for their soiree for 2,000 merrymakers. PaceWildenstein, opting for white floor covering, secured South Rodeo Drive. The head count was 950.
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September 16, 2001 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, Times Art Critic
The fall art season in L.A.'s museums gets underway today with a merger between art and Hollywood movies: "Douglas Gordon," a survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art (through Jan. 20), includes the Scottish artist's video installations featuring digitalized manipulations of such classic films as "Psycho" and "Taxi Driver." The show, which will travel to New York and Washington, D.C., next year, also includes text works and sculpture.
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March 3, 1992 | SUSAN FREUDENHEIM, SAN DIEGO COUNTY ARTS EDITOR
Some men feel bad about being men these days. Men's groups are forming to examine the masculine psyche. Some are looking at issues of emotions and emotional maturity. Others are thinking about bonding with each other. Still others are examining issues of power--whether or not they like having it. Which means men are thinking a lot about themselves. Not exactly something new.
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June 11, 1997 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
"Save your Polaroids!" an artist-friend admonished in a small exhibition chapbook published some 20 years ago. Flushed with the spirit of Warhol and wowed by the arrival of new, instant image-making technology, he knew that, for better or worse, someday even the most banal photographs would be looked at through the haze of nostalgic lenses, admired for their shadowy status as evidence of lost worlds and of the founding ideals of a future as yet unimagined.
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December 12, 1996 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A mesmerizing selection of 22 small pastel drawings by Lucas Samaras takes viewers on wild rides through fantastic landscapes, mysterious interiors and multifaceted abstractions. To visit this terrific exhibition at PaceWildenstein Gallery is to enter a highly charged world in which vitality spills out of inanimate objects and the spaces between things crackle with energy.
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