April 29, 2013 |
Marcel Duchamp's dialogues are arguably as important to modern art as Socrates' dialogues were to ancient philosophy, fundamental documents of their field that raised questions for generations to come. For years Duchamp's conversations were accessible to English readers through the translation of a slim volume by Pierre Cabanne in which the artist spoke out against “retinal” art, objects designed to please the eye, and set the stage for conceptual art. Now there's another way to hear Duchamp, who died in 1968.
April 26, 2013 |
The Tate Britain announced its four finalists Thursday for the 2013 Turner Prize. Among them is Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the first black woman to be named a finalist for the Tate's modern art prize. The prestigious - and often controversial - annual award is given to UK-born or -based artists who are under 50 for an "outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the 12 months preceding. " A prize of £25,000 (about $38,600) goes to the winner. The remaining three finalists receive £5,000 (about $7,700)
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April 23, 2013 |
For William Wilson, the former Los Angeles Times art critic who died Saturday at the age of 78, art was a childhood refuge, a teenage survival mechanism, and, finally, a career that saw him chronicle the city's rise in art-world stature from his first byline in 1965 to his retirement in 1998. "He grew up under really rotten circumstances, and was just a self-made person," said Diane Leslie, a novelist who was a close friend. Another longtime friend, artist Don Lagerberg, said Wilson died in his sleep at a Los Angeles care facility from Alzheimer's disease, which had been diagnosed about four years ago. Wilson, born July 5, 1934, never knew his father and often talked of hard times growing up in Los Angeles with a single mother who was given to radical mood swings and who fell to her death in an apparent suicide when he was 18. Among his boyhood memories, Leslie said, was eating a great deal of canned tuna - and noticing that sometimes the can had a picture of cats on it. He often spoke of how his mother took him to the library, where he would pore over picture books.
April 22, 2013 |
Olive & Thyme: The Toluca Lake cafe will be offering a wine and cheese tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Attendees will sample more than a dozen cheeses with cheesemonger Tyler Schwarz and learn about cheesemaking from aging and texture to methods of making and region of origin. The wine and cheese tasting is $45 per person. Call or email email@example.com for reservations. 4013 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, (818) 557-1560, www.oliveandthyme.com . Modern Art Desserts: On Saturday, the Craft in America Study Center will present the third installment of “Food as Medium for Craft,” with a talk and book signing by Blue Bottle pastry chef Caitlin Freeman.
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April 18, 2013 |
Gifford Phillips, a gentlemanly patron of cultural institutions and passionate advocate of contemporary art who played a leading role at museums on both coasts of the United States, has died. He was 94. Phillips died Wednesday of natural causes at a hospice in Palm Desert, said his daughter Marjorie Elliott. A member of a wealthy family - including his uncle, art collector Duncan Phillips, who founded the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. - Gifford Phillips was a partner in Pardee Phillips, a real estate developer of residential and commercial property in California and Nevada.
April 12, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Skull motifs. Dollar bills pasted on a wall. Phrases written in neon lights. Figures cut out of photographs. Or, if you like, a bunch of lines on paper. It's hardly surprising that the offerings at Zona Maco , the Mexico City contemporary art bazaar that opened its 10th edition Wednesday, tend to look and feel like the art for sale at any other big fair. Many of the galleries with showcases at the glitzy five-day event are visiting from established art centers like New York or Milan.
April 12, 2013 |
The Hammer Museum has confirmed a change in its curatorial team for the 2014 edition of “Made in L.A.,” the museum's biennial exhibition. Karin Higa has withdrawn from her role as co-curator for health reasons and is being replaced by Connie Butler, the chief curator of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York who was previously a curator at MOCA in Los Angeles. Art critic Michael Ned Holte remains a co-curator of the biennial, designed...
April 10, 2013 |
Abstract painter Zao Wou-ki, whose work fetched millions of dollars and set records at auction, died Tuesday. He was 93. Zao suffered from Alzheimer's disease and poor health. He was living near Geneva with his third wife, Francoise Marquet, a former curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Paris. The Beijing-born artist is known for blending Chinese techniques with Western aesthetics, a style that proved valuable to Asian collectors. ART: Can you guess the high price?
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.
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April 7, 2013 |
When Les Blank arrived in the lush, untamed Amazon in 1981 to make a documentary about Werner Herzog's film, "Fitzcarraldo," he knew the German's reputation as a daredevil director. Herzog had chosen the remote jungle locale, plagued by tribal skirmishes and the perils of nature, for authenticity. On the first day of shooting, seeking a dramatic shot, Herzog sent a 300-ton steamboat careening into a rocky riverbank. Caught unaware, Blank went flying across the boat deck, camera in tow. "I realized … if I could get back alive and sane, I would have an interesting film, no matter what happened," Blank said last year.