April 9, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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, www.wps1.org. 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 |
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 |
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.