May 24, 2011 |
Reporting from Keller, Texas — Angels pitcher Dan Haren wanted a special gift for his wife, Jessica. Something personal and out of the ordinary, but not gaudy or sappy. So, he thought, how about a painting? "It is different," Haren decided, staring at the portrait he commissioned as he stood before his locker in the visiting clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington earlier this month. "It's a unique thing to give someone a painting of yourself, your family. Pictures are one thing, but a painting is really interesting.
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.
March 7, 2013 |
Given the extraordinary range of Catherine Opie's subject matter over the last 20 years - from Southern California freeways to Minnesota ice houses, the streets of Washington on President Obama's first inauguration to the interior of Elizabeth Taylor 's home, the fierce figure of performance artist Ron Athey to American high school football players - wh at's most striking initially about her recent work at Regen Projects is how closely it...
April 9, 2014 |
FT. HOOD, Texas - For the second time in five years, President Obama came to this sprawling Army post to console a community all too familiar with death, to offer a nation's condolences and to remind soldiers and their families of the healing power of love. The president stood on a platform under bright sun and blue skies, reciting the names of the three soldiers who were killed in a shooting rampage last week. Before him stood their portraits, boots, rifles and helmets, what are known as "battlefield crosses.
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.
May 13, 2013 |
Matthew Rolston packed the cavernous JF Chen gallery in Hollywood on Friday night to introduce L.A. to his latest project, "Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits," a series of photographs featuring all-too-human ventriloquist dummies. Much of the early coverage of the book has focused on the eerie and absurd qualities of the dummies (the Huffington Post declared them "creepy"), but through the 5-by-5-foot portraits on view at JF Chen, Rolston was able to reveal much more. Most evident: The large format of the portraits emphasizes the human hand behind each doll face: the rosy cheeks, the bushy brows, the eyelashes brushed on, one by one. Where skin has cracked, where painted makeup has chipped, where the 24/7 smiles yield to the realities of time, Rolston's subjects feel the most human.
February 9, 2010 |
Four or five images come to mind upon mention of the British photographer Frederick Evans: his transcendent view up a staircase in Wells Cathedral (the famous "Sea of Steps"); luminous pictures of the attic at Kelmscott Manor, home of the British Arts and Crafts movement leader William Morris; incisive portraits of a young Aubrey Beardsley and a costumed F. Holland Day. More certainly ensconce themselves in the memory after a visit to the Getty Museum's comprehensive Evans exhibition, but few penetrate the soul as deeply as those long-acclaimed greatest hits.