July 30, 2013 |
The Santa Monica Museum of Art has received a $121,500 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for an upcoming exhibit exploring art and legislation. "Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy" will go on display in fall 2014 and will examine how public art throughout the Americas can act as an agent for social change. Curated by Lucía Sanromán, the show will feature works by Laurie Jo Reynolds, who led Tamms Year Ten, a grassroots campaign to close the supermax prison in Illinois.
June 25, 2013 |
One of Banksy's most famous graffiti murals could sell for up to $150,000 when it goes on the auction block Thursday. "Love Is in the Air," which shows a masked protester throwing a bouquet of flowers, will be up for bid at Bonhams in London. The Contemporary Art and Design auction will also feature spin paintings by Damien Hirst, a Jeff Koons watercolor and furniture by Ringo Starr. QUIZ: Expensive art on the auction block "Prices for spray-paint canvases by Banksy in our recent auctions demonstrate that his works are more popular than ever with high-profile art collectors," Bonhams contemporary art specialist Alan Montgomery said in a statement.
June 20, 2013 |
Contemporary art is going on tour, coming to a city near you. Proving that fashion and art remain the coziest of bedfellows, the Levi's brand is partnering with multimedia artist Doug Aitken on “Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening,” a new public art project kicking off in New York City on Sept. 6 that will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support museums around the country. Aitken is designing a train (and cool-looking kinetic sculpture, see rendering above)
April 25, 2013 |
The city of Cupertino posted an updated version of Apple's proposal for its new campus that includes new details about bike amenities, expanded references to possible public art, and what appears to be a delay in the construction of one part of the campus. The latter is particularly notable in light of a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article that claimed the campus was far behind schedule and $2 billion over budget. In the updated...
March 5, 2013 |
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is the city's other bridge, the overlooked sister to the more beloved Golden Gate Bridge . But that could change Tuesday night. Artist Leo Villareal will flip the switch on his massive art project of 25,000 white LED lights that run 1.8 miles and 500 feet high on the bridge's west span. From dusk until 2 a.m. for the next two years, lights will shimmer with patterns that never repeat, courtesy of a program Villareal wrote for each light on the computer-controlled sculpture.
January 27, 2013
Re "Sculpture gets a reprieve," Jan. 24 Where is the common sense of the Santa Monica City Council when it comes to donated public art? The iconic "Chain Reaction" by the late Times cartoonist Paul Conrad hasn't cost the city of Santa Monica a single dime, yet it won't invest the minimal amount of maintenance necessary for such an outdoor sculpture. Could you imagine if the federal government took the same position as Santa Monica when it comes to outdoor monuments such as the Statue of Liberty or the Washington Monument?