August 3, 1990 |
Leaning against the lectern and peering hazily out at the audience, artist Charles Ray cut a vague, disheveled figure at his Newport Harbor Art Museum lecture Wednesday night. But his shambling demeanor disguised a mind that doggedly ruminates on issues pertaining to physics, psychology and philosophy--and tosses them back to the viewer in highly idiosyncratic sculptures. His laconic art messes with the viewer's mind in warped ways, like something out of a sci-fi movie.
April 10, 1990 |
"The thing that I'm preoccupied with is the whole idea of change and the issue of ambivalence," said artist Haim Steinbach. "You know that song by the Rolling Stones, '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'? Well, I think that's about ambivalence. There are so many options that you find you can't make a decision. So in a sense, you have fewer options. "(We have a) 'hover-culture.' Something is hovering over us, which has to do with this fear that everything's going to fall apart.
September 12, 1990 |
The Newport Harbor Art Museum and Garden Grove Symphony came away winners Tuesday when the California Arts Council overruled its own advisory panel and granted both institutions more money than had been recommended for them. The panel would have reduced the museum's grant from almost $60,000 last year to less than $10,000 and placed it on a sort of funding probation because it continues to operate without a director and chief curator.
February 18, 1994 |
"The Lady From Shanghai" (1948) is a grimy, cynical thriller but it's also a lot of fun. Part of the kick: director Orson Welles' obsession with star Rita Hayworth. They were married at the time, and it's that clear he had the supernova hots for her. Welles' camera--always a simultaneously suggestive and revealing presence--fairly leers at his lovely actress. The lens dives in for close-ups, then moves off to trail over her pinup body. It vamps Hayworth and she vamps right back.
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May 24, 1990 |
The design plan by renowned architect Renzo Piano for the new $50-million Newport Harbor Art Museum may be redrawn, possibly by architects other than Piano, museum officials said Wednesday. Museum spokeswoman Maxine Gaiber said Piano's plan has undergone "a lot of refinement and modification" since it was unveiled last summer amid great fanfare.
February 12, 1991 |
A sculpture by noted American artist Nancy Graves that was supposed to have been donated to the Patricia and George Hoag Cancer Center in Newport Beach is now at Newport Harbor Art Museum--apparently because the donors changed their minds about where they wanted it. "Laciniform," an 8 1/2-foot-tall 1988 work made of brightly colored metal elements, was selected three years ago by a committee of arts professionals, collectors and hospital representatives.
May 28, 1990 |
Two Southern California art museums say they will continue to accept grants from the National Endowment for the Arts but protest an NEA requirement that grantees certify they will refrain from showing obscene work. The actions by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Newport Harbor Art Museum in Newport Beach were disclosed late last week. Each announcement was the result of a vote by the museums' board of trustees.
January 25, 1992 |
The Newport Harbor Art Museum's $50-million plan for a new building, already stalled by the lingering economic slump, was officially put on indefinite hold Thursday night by a unanimous vote of the museum's trustees. The door is still open to moving forward eventually with plans to build a new museum on 10 1/2 acres at MacArthur Boulevard and Coast Highway. Museum officials say the Irvine Co., owner of the property, has pledged to keep it available to the museum.
March 15, 1993 |
It's a rare thing in the Southland to see a survey of native abstract art that is as hip, scholarly, comprehensive and concise as the one recently opened at the Newport Harbor Art Museum. Rather stuffily titled "American Abstraction From the Addison Gallery of American Art," it still manages to function as a brilliantly clear short lecture on the essence of the form delivered by the world's best teachers, the works themselves.
September 3, 1991 |
The Pacific Symphony is "an ambitious orchestra with good players" but can sound "flat, uninspired and without energy." Newport Harbor Art Museum "has done many good, interesting shows in the past, but future programming does not seem as strong." And Opera Pacific "artistically . . . has come a long way from where they were a few years ago," but part of its financial picture is "alarming."