February 24, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In the mid-1950s, Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga took action painting to new heights. Though trained as a traditional brush painter, he tossed them. He tried painting with his fingers, then in public performances he spread paint on paper or canvas with his bare feet. In more elaborate versions, he suspended himself from overhead ropes and swung his body freely, his feet swirling the paint below. "It was by removing himself from his training that he was able to fully express himself," says Ming Tiampo, co-curator of a new exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum featuring Shiraga and fellow members of the Gutai Art Association.
September 14, 2012 |
With many art museums pondering how to boost attendance - and some critics, curators and museum directors wondering whether maximizing crowds is really the best measure of success -- it's worth noting that Prada beat Picasso in recent blockbuster shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met announced Friday that “three widely acclaimed and highly attended exhibitions” this year had boosted New York City's economy by $781 million, with out-of-towners...
August 14, 2012 |
TEHRAN - At the Museum of Contemporary Art here, 19-year-old Aristotle Qajari, whose father named him after the celebrated Greek philosopher and writer, was mesmerized by an art form that is considerably more recent - and completely new to him. "I have not heard about Pop art yet," said Qajari, an architecture student, drawing a sketch of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's 1961 painting "Roto Broil. " The modern, Western art is a new concept for many here in the Islamic Republic, said the young student, and many Iranians, preoccupied with everyday life, don't have time to think about such issues.
July 2, 2012 |
A Holocaust museum in Israel has slightly softened its rhetoric regarding the inaction of Pope Pius XII in the face of the deportation of Jews during World War II. Yad Vashem -- the cultural center for Holocaust studies in Jerusalem -- changed the wording on an explanatory wall panel that is part of an ongoing display. The modified wall panel, which was installed Sunday, incorporates views of those who defend the Pope. Pope Pius XII has long been a figure of contention between the Vatican and Israel.
June 20, 2012 |
The show: "Cleopatra: The Exhibition" at California Science Center The premise: Although the slightly soapy tag line boasts "She ruled the men who ruled the world," this expansive exhibition goes beyond the notion of Cleopatra as a scheming seductress and presents a fuller picture of her as a charismatic political and religious leader, a woman of great intelligence, and a caring wife and mother. Her story is largely told through artifacts discovered by the French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio, who has been mapping and excavating the sunken Egyptian cities of Alexandria (the site of Cleopatra's palace)
June 1, 2012 |
Over the past 25 years, super collector Gary Cypres has amassed so much sports memorabilia that he opened an eponymous, 30,000-square-foot museum in downtown Los Angeles. The breadth of his collection - from 18th century tennis rackets to 21st century sports-movie posters - sets Cypres apart from one-sport or one-era specialists. The national pastime is Cypres' passion, and the Bronx-born businessman has curated a new exhibit of hardball holdings titled "Baseball: The All-American Game" at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.