May 21, 1995 |
Why does it tickle a person so to learn that there's a museum of the shoe? Do we think our shoes somehow unworthy of the honor, no more than scuffed castaways in the yard sale of history? Is it that our feet lend their shods such an awkward shape? Is it the humble intimacy of one's own two feet? The olfactory association? The specter of toe-sucking? We may never know the answer.
March 5, 2001 |
From the moment you enter "Hitchcock and Art: Fatal Coincidences," it's clear that this is not the average museum exhibition. The first room is dark and disorienting, like a dimly lighted movie theater. As your eyes adjust, the anxious violins of the film director's favorite composer, Bernard Herrmann, swell in the background. And then you see three rows of glass cases containing 21 iconic objects from his films, each spotlighted on a red satin pillow like a rare and precious artifact.
December 11, 2008 |
Two paintings that the Nazis forced a Jewish art dealer to sell off in the 1930s have been returned to his estate, and its heirs said Wednesday they were working hard to recover hundreds more. The Max Stern estate is trying to recover all of the estimated 400 works sold off from Stern's collection between 1935 and 1937, estate representative Clarence Epstein said. Only 25 have been located thus far, he said. The returned paintings -- "Flight From Egypt," by the circle of Jan Wellens de Cock, and "Girl From the Sabine Mountains," by Franz Xaver Winterhalter -- will be loaned to art museums in Canada for display.
December 11, 1997 |
When the Getty Center opens this weekend, visitors may be so bowled over by its marble majesty that they won't notice the human warmth radiating from its enthusiastic army of volunteers. From the moment visitors enter the white tram that chugs up to the great beige marble plaza, they will be informed and oriented not by the usual signs with arrows, ("architect Richard Meier doesn't like signage," a museum worker reports), but by more than 800 live and smiling mortals. Need a restroom? A coffee?
July 11, 1993 |
On an oasis in the Gobi Desert--halfway around the world from the Getty Conservation Institute's headquarters in Marina del Rey--cultural leaders of the People's Republic of China are thinking about their artistic legacy. Having completed a landmark conservation project with GCI, the Chinese are planning an October conference to study the restoration of a fabulous array of artworks in China's Mogao and Yungang Grottoes and to consider the needs of other cultural monuments along the Silk Road.
January 10, 1988 |
This city has some big-time explaining to do. Its collective curtain is about to be pulled for the whole world to see, but unlike the red-faced Great Wizard in the Land of Oz, it can't wait to tell the truth.