May 29, 1987 |
In the highly competitive world of fine art--where quality artists can languish as no-names for years--it is uncommon for unknowns to be honored with solo exhibitions in major museums. Such spotlight exposure usually is reserved for established artists whose reputations legitimize the time and expense needed to mount such a show.
July 26, 1990 |
It's probably true that art with a social or political message preaches mostly to the converted. But in recent years, many artists who feel passionately about issues--among them war, racism, neighborhood gentrification, poverty, sexism, political chicanery and nuclear power--have gone out of their way to make sure their messages reach a broad public.
May 21, 1996 |
Six renowned chefs combined their talents to create a masterpiece Sunday at the Newport Harbor Art Museum's Art of Dining IX. Approximately 420 guests, many of them connoisseurs of food, wine and art, attended the Exhibition of Culinary Art at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach. The $500-per-person black-tie gala grossed a record $620,000 for the museum, thanks in part to a successful live auction and generous underwriters.
January 31, 1990 |
Using books as his principal material, Buzz Spector makes sculpture that is quiet, unassuming and ruminative in the extreme. The experience of looking at a small exhibition of his work at the Newport Harbor Art Museum through March 18 is akin to the half-searching, half-idle experience of rummaging through a neighborhood bookstore--but with a telling difference. Carved, torn, stacked, boxed, framed, painted over and, in a few cases, converted into pedestals, his books cannot be read.
March 26, 1993 |
Max Schreck. My, there's poetry in that name. Wreck, dreck, Schreck. .. To lovers of the vampire mystique, however, Max Schreck is lyrical history, pure and simple. Pure as a cup of blood, simple as the word "Nosferatu." Schreck was the first Dracula, in 1922, when F.W. Murnau's silent film "Nosferatu" was released.
June 26, 1992 |
On top of recent financial problems and efforts to recover from a long absence of top administrators, the Newport Harbor Art Museum is now in jeopardy of losing state arts council funding. The Orange County Symphony of Garden Grove also may not receive a California Arts Council grant, and four other prominent local arts groups may get smaller grants this year as a result of lowered rankings by council review panels announced this week.