December 16, 2011 |
The fist-sized rocks looked completely pedestrian, like something one might find in the backyard. The only hint that they might be exceptional was their location in a gallery at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, resting on pedestals inside individual display cases. In fact, the rocks are anything but ordinary - they're borrowed from the UCLA Meteorite Collection. The university had wanted to loan fancier-looking specimens, but curator Stephen Nowlin deliberately chose the least impressive space debris he could find.
August 11, 2010 |
Their weapons are brushes; their battlefields are canvases. And here in China, where political dissent often leads to prosecution, the works of avant-garde artists can sometimes appear as threatening as a mass protest. Enter the Gao brothers, Qiang and Zhen, soft-spoken siblings who have long used startling images of Mao Tse-tung as a focal point for their sculptures, paintings and performance pieces. "I don't consider myself a dissident at all," said Gao Qiang, 48. "I never even think about this question.
August 25, 2000 |
Realism is often ridiculed for going to great lengths to depict what we can see withour bare eyes. Its detractors, who usually prefer the abstract perambulations of Conceptual art or the mesmerizing effects of abstract painting, treat Realism as if it were a unified style. The thought is that it's the work of uninspired artists whose sworn duty it is to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. At Koplin Gallery, "Drawings V" dispels such prejudice.
January 27, 2013 |
The room is arranged like a gallery, hung with photographs of various sizes and shapes, framed and unframed, surrounding the artist Catherine Opie, who looks pleased as she observes from a rocking chair. This studio built behind her house in West Adams is where so many moments from her art and life have unfolded. Back in 2004, she made a self-portrait here, topless and tattooed, nursing her young son, Oliver, against a vivid red curtain. Across her chest were scars left over from a much earlier picture, a one-word message carved into her skin and still faintly reading, "Pervert.
November 7, 2008 |
More than 30 portraits and images of Abraham Lincoln are going on display at the National Portrait Gallery in an exhibit that looks at how the 16th president shaped his public image from Illinois to the White House. The exhibit "One Life: The Mask of Lincoln" opens today at the museum in downtown Washington and will be on view through July. It comes just before the city celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth in 2009.
October 18, 2012 |
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis Timothy Egan Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 384 pp., $28 Edward Curtis was given many names by the native peoples he encountered in his journeys across the North American continent. The Sioux named him for a rock formation, "Pretty Butte. " The Hopi saw him sleep on an air mattress and called him "The Man Who Sleeps on His Breath. " And the Navajo gave him the moniker that was perhaps most apropos to his profession: "Shadow Catcher.
December 1, 1985
English-born photographer Terry O'Neill has been shooting stars for more than 20 years. The portraits on these pages are from "Legends," a new book of his work from the 1960s and 1970s. From "Legends," by Terry O'Neill. Copyright Terry O'Neill, 1985. Reprinted by arrangement with Viking Penguin Inc.
July 7, 1989 |
He's painted portraits of presidents, taught in major universities and had his work shown in galleries all over Europe. But this year, painter Manuel Munoz Olivares is spending much of his long, hot summer in Oxnard. Munoz Olivares made the trek to Ventura County from his home in Mexico City to paint a mural in the library of the new South Oxnard Center; his work will depict the history of the area.
December 11, 1999
As a high school art-history appreciation teacher for the past dozen years, I enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Ingres exhibition this fall in New York. Calendar's remarkable front-page juxtaposition Dec. 1 of the Ingres and Cezanne portraits--and their accompanying reviews--reminded me of what an education in the arts, at its best, aims to achieve: the sharpening of the "critical eye" so that the viewer may see beyond the surface of the work. The two portraits are extraordinary firsthand evidence of the half-century of intellectual-aesthetic history that, at once, separates and links the worlds of Ingres and Cezanne.