March 10, 2014 |
Myths die hard. Especially creation myths. Messing with the symbolic origins of a world isn't something to be undertaken lightly. Jackson Pollock's mammoth 1943 painting "Mural" - nearly 8 feet high, 20 feet wide and covered edge-to-edge with rhythmic, Matisse-like linear arabesques, muscular abstract shapes and piercing voids, all of which he likened to a frenzied mustang stampede - was something entirely new for American art. The great painting represents...
July 7, 2010 |
Curators often rummage through museum storage hoping to find a great painting or just a curiosity overlooked by their predecessors. But it's not every day that they find a canvas that they identify as an early masterpiece by Diego Velázquez, as John Marciari has. Marciari, now curator of European paintings at the San Diego Museum of Art, has published an article in the new issue of the Madrid quarterly Ars making the case that an unidentified painting...
November 19, 2008 |
A $23-million ceiling painting featuring hundreds of dangling icicle shapes that has been criticized for its hefty price tag was unveiled Tuesday at the United Nations. The 16,000-square-foot elliptical dome full of bright colors and torn aluminum took over a year to produce. Spanish abstract artist Miquel Barcelo used more than 100 tons of paint with pigments from all over the world and worked with architects, engineers and even particle physics laboratories to develop the extra-strength aluminum for the dome.
December 12, 1985 |
An unidentified American bidding by telephone Wednesday paid a record $680,000 for a Canaletto painting that had hung unrecognized in a house in Scotland, Sotheby's auctioneers said. The painting is the original of one in the royal collection at Windsor Castle. The original was thought lost until a Glasgow representative of Sotheby's noticed the painting while inspecting furniture due to be sold by an estate.
September 25, 2007 |
The German city of Hanover returned a painting by Lovis Corinth to the heirs of a Jewish collector who sold it in 1933 to fund his escape from the Nazis, the mayor's office said. The painting, "Romische Campagna" ("Roman Landscape"), dating from 1914, was handed Monday to Curt Glaser's heirs, represented by his niece, who lives in the U.S., and her daughter, according to Hanover's website. The painting is valued by insurers at $620,000, the Hanover statement said.
January 30, 2003 |
A temporary export ban imposed on a Raphael painting has been extended by the government of the United Kingdom to provide a last chance to keep the work there. The new ban on Raphael's "Madonna of the Pinks" is causing consternation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, which has been trying to acquire the 16th century painting.
December 27, 1993
Obviously Ray Bradbury has judged that both the UCLA Art Department and Times Staff Writer Shawn Hubler are on that well-known "road to hell paved with good intentions" ("Author Vows to Lead Way to Paint L.A. Beautiful," Nov. 29). Good intentions alone do not produce art. Everyone involved, however, was trying to help the less fortunate. If we criticize the quality of even the poorest attempts at assisting the unfortunate, we are volunteering not only to paint over lousy graffiti but also to offer advice on painting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1994
Senior citizens and low-income disabled residents can apply to have their houses painted free next spring by volunteers. "Paint Your Heart Out Anaheim" uses volunteer labor and donated paint to spruce up houses of residents who are physically unable to perform the work. More than 156 houses have been painted since the program was started by the city's Community Development Department in 1990. Some houses chosen also will have landscaping and minor repairs done.
December 6, 1985 |
A college lecturer in Scotland said Wednesday that the world's most expensive painting, which cost the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu $10.5 million, is a 19th-Century fake. But experts who know the Italian Renaissance picture dismissed the claim. "We have no doubts whatsoever about the authenticity of the painting," said Getty spokeswoman Carla Boyer. "We will be very pleased to add it to our collection."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1989 |
A $2.9-million program under way at the Los Angeles City Housing Authority to repaint 13 low-income public housing projects is plagued by poor workmanship and management problems, an internal memo reveals. Painters hired by the Housing Authority on a temporary basis over the last two months have failed to scrape and prepare wood surfaces at several projects, according to the March 9 memo obtained by The Times.