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January 17, 2010
On Jan. 26, 1970, days after delivering the State of the Union address and just weeks before announcing the incursion of U.S. troops into Cambodia that led to nationwide student strikes, President Richard M. Nixon sent a memo to H.R. "Bob" Haldeman on the subject of Modern art. "Decadent" was the operative adjective he used, and he wanted something done about it. On Monday, the National Archives and the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda released...
March 17, 2014 | By Carren Jao
 A sliver of a yard can be a powerful thing. Materials & Applications has proved this time and again by collaborating with architects to put up fantastical creations on a 25-by-40-foot gravel yard fronting Silver Lake Boulevard. Past double-take-worthy installations include a golden-leafed Mylar canopy in the shape of a black hole by Ball-Nogues Studio, a motorized vegetative cover that opens and refolds like origami by Eddie Sykes and a sinuous, fire-shaped gazebo made of pressure-laminated panels by Edmund Ming-Yip Kwong.
May 2, 2013 | By David Ng
At $25, general admission to the Museum of Modern Art in New York is among the highest in the nation. This month, the museum is promoting a word that its visitors don't hear very often: free. MoMA is kicking off a series of free-admission offers designed to draw attention to the fact that the museum is now open seven days a week. The museum is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Fridays, when it closes at 8 p.m. MoMA announced Wednesday on Twitter that for the remainder of May, the museum is offering free admission to the first 100 visitors on Tuesdays.
March 15, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
Artist Robert Heinecken (1931-2006) is best-known for cleverly manipulating found photographs plucked from mass media, which meant to undermine their authority in America's exploding image-culture. He's not included among the 36 artists in the historical group exhibition "Take It or Leave It" currently at the UCLA Hammer Museum, but he probably should be. A self-styled "para-photographer," Heinecken made pictures that crossed appropriation art with institutional critique, the Hammer show's theme.
April 9, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
Museum leaders are generally reluctant to see themselves engaged in competition, but the Museum of Modern Art in New York just lost a big one - and will lose its reputation as the city's only great destination for the Cubism of Picasso and Braque as well. Collector and former cosmetics executive Leonard Lauder confirmed Tuesday that he was giving his collection of 78 Cubist sculptures, paintings and drawings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art instead of MoMA, the modern art citadel on 53 rd Street.
December 25, 2012 | By Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times
ATLANTA - Travelers often race through airports with barely enough time to check luggage, but the busiest airport in the world invites them to check out something altogether different. "Mammatus," the latest art installation at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is inspired by mammatocumulus clouds that form in severe storms, swelling into smooth round puffs the artist likens to a woman's breasts. Christopher Moulder, an Atlanta-based sculptor, said there was no message to his abstract piece, fashioned out of a metal bead chain into a pendulous ceiling fixture that changes color according to date and time.
February 6, 2010 | By bloomberg news
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art said it raised $250 million to boost its endowment and build a new wing that will triple the size of its galleries and house the collection of Gap Inc. founders Donald and Doris Fisher. The gifts from the museum's leadership bring it more than halfway toward a $480-million goal. From funds raised so far, $100 million is earmarked to double the endowment. The rest will go toward the expansion. The project will increase the museum's current galleries to 150,000 square feet and consolidate offices scattered around the neighborhood into one building.
May 16, 2004 | Christine N. Ziemba
New York's P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a Museum of Modern Art affiliate, is creating ear candy for art devotees by launching an Internet radio station, If you cross pirate radio with contemporary art and add a splash of NPR, it comes close to defining the station's programming. "There is no model for WPS1," says station Managing Director Brett Littman, who is also senior administrator for the Art Center. "It's an all-inclusive means of expression about art."
March 24, 1985 | WILLIAM WILSON
By most standards the qualities of cultivation, refinement and cosmopolitanism are virtues. Modern art, however, made its reputation as a bracingly abrasive poetic irritant out to upset comfortable preconceptions and so it is a matter of some sadness to watch it slowly settle into well-mannered domesticity. This house-breaking of the modernist tradition is so widespread as to almost escape notice, like a mildly smoggy day you barely register because of the uniformity of the atmosphere.
November 16, 1986 | WILLIAM WILSON
After 20 years awaiting, Los Angeles has a dramatic new flagship structure for modern art. It is, of course, the County Museum of Art's Robert O. Anderson Building, which opens to a curious, eager and slightly apprehensive public next Sunday. It is the culmination of a dream harbored by art folks here ever since the museum located in Hancock Park on Wilshire Boulevard in 1965.
March 14, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
MARCH 28-AUG. 25 'In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas' Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum is well-known for having the most impressive collection of European Old Master and early Modern paintings in Los Angeles. Less familiar is the museum's exceptional Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan art. This show will chronicle the movement of Buddhism from India to the Himalayas more than a thousand years ago, bringing numerous important loans together with superlative examples of painting, sculpture, ritual and decorative arts from the Simon's own collection.
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.
February 12, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Shia LaBeouf is at a loss for words - today, anyway. Inside the inner sanctum of Los Angeles' Cohen Gallery - a bare, echo-y room within a room, no bigger than a walk-in closet - LaBeouf sits silent and erect at a plain, plywood table. He wears a black tuxedo jacket and a rumpled paper bag with eyehole cutouts over his head. Scrawled across the bag: "I Am Not Famous Anymore. " It's the same outfit he wore on the red carpet Sunday at the Berlin premiere of his newest film, Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac: Volume I. " Now, like a man in an interrogation room, LaBeouf sits facing forward, his palms flat on the tabletop on either side of him. He makes direct eye contact through the slits in the bag, which appear stained around the eyes, as if from tears.  PHOTOS: Art by Banksy The former Disney star braved a storm of allegations in December when he used uncredited work by graphic novelist Daniel Clowes in his short film, "," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012.
February 10, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The mystery of Dumb Starbucks is solved. Turns out the brainchild behind the faux Starbucks store in Los Feliz, with white-and-green cups and hot coffee, was comedian Nathan Fielder, star of the Comedy Central show "Nathan for You. " In a tongue-in-cheek news conference Monday afternoon outside the store on Hillhurst Avenue, Fielder thanked customers for patronizing his small businesses. He said he planned to soon open a second location in Brooklyn. Did Comedy Central know he was doing this, someone asked.
January 30, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Just as we were catching our breath from the recent wave of art fairs, another is about to hit Thursday night, when opening receptions for Art Los Angeles Contemporary and the L.A. Art Book Fair are held. Both events run through Sunday.  Art Los Angeles Contemporary is a smaller but more focused art fair than the recent L.A. Art Show. Now in its fifth year, Art Los Angeles Contemporary runs in a converted airplane hangar near the Santa Monica airport and features established and emerging artists at more than 70 galleries from Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Dubai and beyond.
January 16, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
Last week the Museum of Modern Art confirmed plans -- as it expands to the west along 53 rd Street in Manhattan -- to demolish the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, a much-praised 13-year old building by New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. MoMA and its director, Glenn D. Lowry, have since been roundly criticized in the press . So has the architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which both helped MoMA evaluate the fate of the Folk Art building and is designing the expansion.
January 31, 2010 | By Scarlet Cheng
When Grace McCann Morley became director of the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1935, she knew what she wanted to focus on: the art of her time. "If art of today is today overlooked or misunderstood, the loss is serious," she once wrote. "Art fails then to give its full value to daily life." She championed such artists as Klee, Matisse and Picasso and gave first solo museum shows to Clyfford Still, Arshile Gorky and a young Jackson Pollock. It was only some 40 years later, long after Morley had ended her tenure, that the museum finally got the word "modern" inserted into its title, befitting the art it had shown and collected and the institution it had become.
April 13, 2001
Maria Gaetana Matisse, 58, a longtime New York gallery owner and modern art patron. The daughter of a German diplomat who helped found Germany's Christian Democratic Party after World War II, she was born in Vienna and studied art and languages in Munich and London before moving to New York. She married Pierre Matisse, the son of French impressionist Henri Matisse, in 1974 and worked in the Matisse Gallery, which had been founded by the artist in 1931.
January 9, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
The Museum of Modern Art, chasing new square footage less than a decade after its last major expansion opened to the public, has confirmed controversial plans to demolish the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, its neighbor on West 53 rd Street in Manhattan. After a six-month review of a proposed expansion led by the New York architecture firm Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, designers of a museum for Eli Broad that will open later this year on Los Angeles' Bunker Hill, MoMA announced Wednesday it has no practical choice but to raze the Folk Art structure.
December 28, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
NEW YORK - This has been the season of the concert hall. The one named after Walt Disney turned 10. How that venue has revolutionized musical life in L.A. and beyond has been the subject of much consideration. Though the economy bubbles and bursts, this great space, having lost none of its contemporary luster, continues to inspire an international concert hall building boom. That makes this latest push to get music the heck out of Disney and every other concert hall all the more a remarkable phenomenon in 2013.
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