April 10, 2011 |
A century ago, the California Art Club was launched by a handful of European émigrés and plucky Americans who decided to make creativity their calling. In those days, being an artist was not so fashionable a profession, but the founders included many now considered the greats of early California art such as Franz Bischoff, Hanson Puthuff and William Wendt. In this post-Modern era, the club's emphasis on representational style and academic subject...
March 31, 2011
ART The Pacific Asia Museum opens "Meiji: Japan Rediscovered," a new mixed-media art exhibit that focuses on Japan's Meiji period (1868-1912), a dynamic era of international trade and tourism for the country. The exhibit includes prints, paintings, ceramics and textiles, and runs through Feb. 26. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thur.- Sun. See website for ticket prices. (626) 449-2742. http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org.
March 16, 2010
'Millard Sheets: The Early Years (1926-1944)' Where: Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St. When: Through May 30. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Price: $7 Contact: (626) 568-3665
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February 7, 2010 |
Ever since railroads and orange groves brought great wealth to Pasadena more than a century ago, the city has carried out a tradition of giving back in the form of art. At the turn of the last century, Pasadena's love of the arts was part of what historian Kevin Starr called a "genteel tradition," which included a Shakespeare Club and a Grand Opera House. Later, museums such as the Norton Simon and the Pacific Asia (not to mention the Huntington in neighboring San Marino), and venues including the Pasadena Playhouse and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, added to what many in the region regarded as one of the best cultural offerings for a city of its size.
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December 26, 2009 |
After seeing "Behold the Day: The Color Block Prints of Frances Gearhart," showing at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through Jan. 31, one may wonder why Gearhart isn't better known. Back in the 1930s, at the height of her career, she became one of the top color-block printmakers in America, displaying her work at the Smithsonian and the Brooklyn Museum, as well as at numerous shows on the West Coast. Even if her fame faded in the East, where her mountainous landscapes may not have resonated as much, one would expect her continued popularity in California, where she lived and worked until her death in 1958 at age 89. Over the course of her 30-year career, this Pasadena artist -- one of three sisters, none of them married, all of them teachers in the public school system, all of them artists and travelers -- became her own compelling, uplifting portrait of female achievement and independence.
December 18, 2009 |
On a beautiful evening in early October 1999, six years after the death of her husband, Jennifer Jones Simon threw a coming-out party. Not for herself, an Oscar-winning actress who had married industrialist and art collector Norton Simon in 1971, but for the museum that he established in Pasadena. Jones and the museum's staff planned the occasion as the unveiling of a major renovation that enhanced the collection and made the institution much more inviting. The event was an announcement that the museum was back -- and that Jones, who died Thursday at the age of 90, had assumed a new role that would become her cultural legacy.
November 25, 2009 |
"Basel Mural I," an abstract painting by Sam Francis, is one of the high points of the Norton Simon Museum's contemporary art collection. Stretching nearly 13 feet high and 20 feet wide, the free-spirited, dripped and splashed composition commands a full wall at the Pasadena museum. But it's only one of three panels made in 1956-58 for the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland. The triptych will never again be whole. But -- in one of those twists of human will and fate that spice up the provenance of artworks -- two substantial sections of a panel damaged more than 40 years ago and salvaged by the artist have been reunited with the Simon's painting.
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October 18, 2009 |
The women are lined up in a row--straight backs, dark starched dresses, sober faces. They clutch long-handled brooms to their sides, bristles up, as if they were rifles. The black-and-white photo is dated 1886. A cleaning crew? Unlikely. For one thing, the women are too well dressed. For another, they look ready to march into battle or, at least, a parade. "Isn't it neat?" asked Laura Verlaque, collection manager at the Pasadena Museum of History, which counts the photograph of the Pasadena Broom Brigade in its archives.
September 20, 2009 |
Stroll past the Armory Center for the Arts on any afternoon and you'll know that you've come upon a beloved institution. Children scurry in and out; teenagers loiter on the steps; parents and teachers confer on the sidewalk. The foyer is papered with schedules and announcements, and the hallways leading back to studios and offices are alive with the buzz of creative activity. Established in 1947 under the aegis of the Pasadena Museum of Art (it's been independent since that museum closed in 1974)