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January 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jane Lawson, 91, one of the founding members of what became the Orange County Museum of Art, died Dec. 29 of cancer at her home in Newport Beach, her daughter-in-law, Diane Lawson, said. Lawson was one of 13 women volunteers who organized as the Fine Arts Patrons in the early 1960s and brought modern art to Newport Beach. In 1962 they opened a gallery on the top floor of Balboa Pavilion, and six years later it became the Newport Harbor Art Museum.
September 5, 2013 | By David Ng
Dennis Szakacs, who has served as the director and chief executive officer of the Orange County Museum of Art since 2003, will be stepping down from his position at the end of the year, the museum announced on Thursday. Szakacs said in a statement sent by the museum that he is leaving OCMA to "explore new opportunities. " The museum said its board has formed a search committee and engaged the services of a search firm to find its next director and CEO. In a phone interview, Szakacs said that it was his decision to step down and that he is leaving because "I felt I had accomplished what I came to do. " He described the museum as being in good financial health.
August 25, 1998 | KATHRYN BOLD
The Event: An Evening on the Titanic, a re-enactment of a gala dinner aboard the ill-fated ocean liner held at the iceberg-free Bloomingdale's Court in Fashion Island Newport Beach. Saturday's dinner, which included performances by unsinkable comedians Milton Berle and Sid Caesar, was staged by the Islanders to benefit the Orange County Museum of Art. Bon Voyage: More than 200 guests boarded the R.M.S. Titanic and were greeted by the ship's captain, played by Dick Stevens.
July 5, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
More than 2,000 years ago, the Silk Road emerged as a network of flourishing trade routes between Asia and Europe, as well as parts of North and East Africa. Cultures crossfertilized. Civilizations prospered, others flamed out. Art recorded the complex new entanglements. For the next 4½ months, a modern Silk Road is passing through Southern California. This superhighway runs through the Orange County Museum of Art , where the 2013 California-Pacific Triennial is now on view.
October 19, 2007 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
A very preliminary and completely unofficial model depicting a new high-rise home for the Orange County Museum of Art made an appearance Thursday morning in a Costa Mesa hotel ballroom. For the moment the museum, to be built next to the Orange County Performing Arts-center, resembles a lipstick -- but that's only the conception of an anonymous model-maker. "It's just a place holder" until the museum gets around to deciding how its building should look, said Anton Segerstrom, a partner in C.J.
Capping off a rocky year of resignations that started with the unexpected departure of its chief curator, the Orange County Museum of Art looks firmly to the future with an updated mission and a new curator in mind. The former Newport Harbor Art Museum has taken aggressive steps--including hiring a recruitment firm--to end by early next year an arduous search for an in-house curator who could produce original shows. The job has been vacant for more than a year.
August 23, 2001
5:30-7:30pm Jazz Flutist and vocalist Renee Grizzell will perform classical jazz as part of a trio at the Orange County Museum of Art. The summer concert series mixes music and art in one evening and is held in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition.* Jazz concert series featuring Renee Grizzell, Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $14 to $16 per concert, includes museum admission. (949) 759-1122, Ext. 218.
January 8, 1999 | Jenifer Ragland, (949) 574-4232
The Orange County Museum of Art presents "Canyons and Deserts: Picturing the Western Landscape," a selection of paintings, prints and photographs, beginning Saturday to April 25. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 16 and museum members. The museum is at 850 San Clemente Drive. (949) 759-1122.
May 9, 2001
Beginning this week, we expand our state, regional and local news coverage in a newly designed California section. Among the changes on Wednesdays: A new weekly feature, "In the Classroom"--on schools and education--debuts on B2. Daily lottery numbers appear on B3. Information on how to reach us is on B3. A new color weather map appears daily on the back page of the section. Local arts and entertainment stories, previously in this section, have moved.
April 29, 1999
* Mabel Alvarez (1891-1985)--A retrospective focusing on the artist, whose paintings date from early days of Los Angeles art, including "Dream of Youth" (1925), begins at the Orange County Museum of Art. * A Tribute to Robert Doisneau (1912-1994)--An exhibition of black and white images of Parisian life by the French photographer opens Saturday at Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica.
February 20, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
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.
March 23, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Here's one tangible sign of the beneficial effect of Pacific Standard Time, the Getty-sponsored initiative to exhume the mostly under-recognized history of important Los Angeles art in the first generation after World War II: Southern California museums are now competing over the legacy. How high have the stakes quickly become? Let's just say the competition is so eager that it doesn't always mean a fair fight. One museum has publicly announced plans to organize a retrospective of a major but under-sung L.A. painter - even though officials knew that another museum already had the same show in the works for several months.
February 26, 2012
"Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series" Where: Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach When: Through May 27. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Contact: or (949) 759-1122
February 26, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Sometimes a change of place is much more than a change of scenery. The way Richard Diebenkorn told it, moving from the Bay Area to Southern California in the fall of 1966 was a catalyst that changed the direction of his painting. Before then, the artist was known for abandoning the mission of Abstract Expressionism and reintroducing the human figure into his work. Six or eight months after the move, and after taking over painter Sam Francis' studio a block from the beach in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica, something broke wide open.
March 6, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
In terms of legacy, Calder is the Hemingway of the art world. His work is so popular, accessible and deceptively easy that the most au courant scholars tend to pass it over, and other artists don't always own up to its influence. "It's almost like Calder is invisible because he's so ubiquitous," says L.A.-based artist Jason Meadows, who used to walk by one of his massive public sculptures as a student at the Art Institute of Chicago. "When I was getting educated into the world of fine art, Abstract Expressionist painters were really hot and I got really charmed by Pop Art. Calder wasn't someone you would think about.
November 27, 2010 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
What's in a word? More meanings than we might assume, if we consider the myriad ways in which artists in the California Biennial explore the use and misuse of words. The exhibition, at the Orange County Museum of Art through March 13, includes about a dozen such examples out of more than 40 artists selected by museum curator Sarah Bancroft. "A lot of people think art is a visual experience, but it engages many senses," she says. "For me it's often an intellectual experience, and it seems very much natural that text and language would be incorporated into artwork.
December 11, 2009 | By David Pagel
If you don't look very closely or think very clearly, Carlos Amorales' mixed-media works seem to be the real thing: complex objects that reward every inch of attention brought to them. But if you want more from your art than the mere appearance of seriousness, you soon see that the internationally exhibited artist's pieces at the Orange County Museum of Art are too lightweight, silly and self-impressed to be engaging, satisfying or memorable. In a very blunt nutshell, Amorales' art is conceptually flimsy and materially stingy.
July 9, 2009
A questionable deal is a lot like art. No one can define it, but people know it when they see it. What everybody knows is that at least a couple of the paintings recently sold by the Orange County Museum of Art were stellar examples of California Impressionism. Yet no one except the museum's director and a few others know why they were sold so secretly, for such an apparently low price, or to whom.
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