May 30, 2003 |
Trend-hungry participants in the art world of the 1980s bought into the idea that originality had exhausted itself, and all that was left for artists was to recycle what had come before. "Appropriation" became a buzzword and hyperbole a favored artistic strategy. Some pretty feeble art was made in the name of high-concept piggybacking. Appropriation seemed to have hit its peak and low point simultaneously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2007 |
R.B. Kitaj, a figurative American painter who became a significant contributor to the British Pop Art movement during his nearly four decades of expatriate life in London, has died. He was 74. Kitaj died Sunday evening at his home in Los Angeles, according to the Marlborough Gallery, his official representative in New York. The Los Angeles County coroner's office was looking at his death as a possible suicide and conducted an autopsy Tuesday, a coroner's spokesman said.
January 9, 2008 |
R.B. Kitaj followed a strict regimen: Rise at 5, walk to the Westwood Coffee Bean at 6 to write and sketch, return home to paint, eat lunch, rest. Receive visitors for tea at 4, have dinner, retire early. The discipline provided a framework for his restless brush and brilliant, meandering mind.
October 27, 1994 |
The art of American expatriate painter and draftsman R.B. Kitaj is under review in a full-dress retrospective of more than 100 works at the County Museum of Art. Organized for LACMA by Stephanie Barron, the museum's coordinator of curatorial affairs, it originated at London's Tate Gallery and will travel to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its catalogue is handsome.
June 20, 2003 |
R.B. Kitaj lives in Westwood, in a house surrounded by white roses. He receives visitors only after 4 p.m., and when he opens the door promptly on the hour, the painter inspires the mild trepidation associated with a job interview. Kitaj appears aloof, even haughty. He isn't. But his increasing deafness doesn't invite questions, and his white beard and stern features give him the appearance of a Bergman patriarch.
August 25, 2005 |
SOMEWHERE between a dorm-room poster of Monet's waterlilies and the Robert Rauschenberg painting owned by Eli Broad is another level -- the beginnings of an art collection that can be built by anyone with a few grand to spend.