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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.
April 2, 2013 |
Caitlin Freeman is a former UC Santa Cruz photography student who co-foundedSan Francisco bakery Miette and then started making pastries for her husband James Freeman's Blue Bottle Coffee locations in the Bay Area, including the cafe on SFMOMA 's rooftop. As SFMOMA's in-house pastry chef, Freeman and team, comprised of Leah Rosenberg and Tess Wilson, are able to channel a love for paintings and photography into baking, resulting in cakes, cookies and confections that pay homage to artworks on view in the museum's galleries.
March 16, 2013 |
Passionate and prolific, Garry Winogrand always had an eye out for the next picture, the next glimpse of life in the streets of his native New York and venues as varied as a Texas rodeo and Venice Beach. His subjects included protesters, partygoers and passersby. His seemingly haphazard images intrigued - and annoyed. He came to be seen as a singular observer of postwar America's hopes and anxieties, one the influential curator John Szarkowski called "the central photographer of his generation.
March 15, 2013 |
Michael Govan came to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art seven years ago with a mission to make it one of the most prestigious institutions in the country, one worth mentioning alongside New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art. Now he's trying to seize an opportunity to gain ground on them in a single stroke. Govan and LACMA's trustees have proposed a takeover of L.A.'s financially adrift Museum of Contemporary Art and its crown jewels: a 6,000-piece collection that's one of the world's most admired troves of post-World War II art. But Govan has an imposing rival in billionaire Eli Broad, L.A.'s eminence grise of art philanthropy.
March 8, 2013 |
When the Los Angeles County Museum of Art under director Michael Govan proposed taking over L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2008, the art world rallied against it before MOCA turned it down. But reaction has been different to this week's news that LACMA has made another offer, this one at the behest of some MOCA leaders. One reason for the zeitgeist shift is the popularity of Govan, who has overseen an ambitious expansion of the LACMA campus and its art collection since his arrival in 2006.
March 7, 2013 |
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is being sued over its "recommended" entrance fee of $25. A group of plaintiffs claims that most visitors have no idea that you can get into the museum for free and that paying the $25 is optional. The lawsuit's plaintiffs include two Czech tourists and a museum member, according to a Reuters report. They are arguing that the museum uses misleading signs and other methods to make visitors believe that they must pay to gain admission. A similar suit was filed against the museum late last year by two museum members who have argued that the museum's signage is misleading to the public.
February 20, 2013 |
If you like paint, you'll like "Richard Jackson: Ain't Painting a Pain," the artist's 40-year retrospective exhibition at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. It's awash in the stuff. Thick, brightly colored paint oozes like mortar from between thousands of canvases stacked like bricks into a kind of room-size temple, and it's smeared in rainbows that unfurl across white walls. It's shot from a pellet gun at a big drawing and out of the rear ends of carousel animals toward spinning canvases and sculptures on surrounding walls.
February 15, 2013 |
Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of arguably the most famous art exhibition of the 20th century On Lexington Avenue at 25th Street in New York, the ad hoc Assn. of American Painters and Sculptors opened the International Exhibition of Modern Art on Feb. 17, 1913, beginning just under a monthlong run. Housed in the hulking brick headquarters of the 69th Infantry Regiment Armory, it quickly became known as simply the Armory Show. Or maybe not so simply. The Armory Show was hugely controversial.
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.
December 20, 2012 |
Connecticut's familiarity with weapons manufactured for personal use long predates the horrifying recent mass killing in Newtown, one of the worst outbursts of gun violence in American history. About 50 miles northeast of the village, Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art records the historical culture of guns in several acute and significant ways. The venerable Wadsworth is the nation's first public art museum, established in 1842, while America's most celebrated handgun maker, Colt's Manufacturing Co., was founded in Hartford soon after.