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November 18, 1991 | LEAH OLLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ellen Smart had to pause long and hard to think of other American collections of Indian paintings that match the quality and breadth of the San Diego Museum of Art's Binney collection. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the private collection of Stuart Cary Welch . . . and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art," she finally replied. Not bad company for the local museum, whose holdings generally have not merited much acclaim.
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January 19, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
SAN DIEGO - In the history of American art, Charles Reiffel is probably the best early Modernist painter you've never heard of. Celebrated in his own day for Expressionist landscapes of remarkable verve and complexity, he quickly fell off the national radar screen after his death in 1942, just before turning 80. I was unaware of his work until 2008, when seven paintings turned up - and stood out - in a group show . Now, however, the artist...
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September 22, 1990 | LEAH OLLMAN
The Chinese, a 3rd-Century European monk wrote, "make precious figured garments, resembling in color the flowers of the field and rivaling in fineness the work of spiders." By the time of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D), richly dyed and embroidered Chinese silks had found their way to the West, about 2,000 years after the Chinese first began to cultivate the silkworm.
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May 30, 2007 | Leah Ollman, Special to The Times
As far as the influential 19th century British critic John Ruskin was concerned, there was little hope for you if you didn't admire the Pre-Raphaelites. Among spectators, he wrote, "none but the ignorant could be unconscious of [the art's] truth and none but the insincere regardless of it." If you aspired to make art yourself but were not a fan of the Pre-Raphaelites, you possessed "no capacity of becoming a great painter of any kind."
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June 4, 2000 | LEAH OLLMAN, Leah Ollman is a San Diego arts writer
"Power and Desire," an entrancing exhibition of South Asian paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art's Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, tells many a juicy story--of Rajput leaders and Hindu gods, emperors and consorts, kidnappings and illicit rendezvous, hunts and celebrations, passions and infidelities, pleasures and obligations. Power and desire are not just the motivating impulses that course through the narratives in these 70 exquisitely detailed paintings.
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February 18, 1991 | KENDAL PATE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Balboa Park's Museum of Art has done it up right for the "Gold of Greece" exhibit--muted lighting, cases lined in black, reverential music. Thing is, it doesn't really need the help. This display would pack a punch laid out on linoleum. "Gold of Greece: Jewelry and Ornaments from the Benaki Museum" is a dazzling look at 4,000 years of Greek culture, shown through a medium still popular today--jewelry.
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March 12, 1992 | DAVID NELSON
Yes, Prince Michael and Princess Michael charmed the haute couture socks off the crowd last Friday at the San Diego Museum of Art. And yes, the "Great Age of Sail" exhibit of paintings and artifacts from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, is undeniably soul-stirring, even to stolid landlubbers. And yes, "It's Greenwich Time," the gala that opened the showing was not merely grand, but actually rather magnificent.
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December 8, 1990 | LEAH OLLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The San Diego Museum of Art has appointed Ellen Smart its first curator of Indian paintings. Smart, 45, will be in charge of about 1,400 Indian paintings and manuscript illuminations bequeathed to the museum in 1986 by Edwin Binney III, a former museum trustee. The Binney Collection, valued at $40 million to $50 million, spans more than seven centuries of Indian art from Rajasthan to Agra, from a rare, 12th-Century manuscript on palm leaves to 20th-Century paintings.
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July 2, 1991 | LEAH OLLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
California is the most populous state in the nation, but you'd never guess it from the two new shows at the San Diego Museum of Art. "Second Nature: Four Early San Diego Landscape Painters" features nearly 100 pre-World War II views of rural serenity, most of them unpeopled. In "California Cityscapes," 27 contemporary California artists take on the urban landscape in paintings, photographs and three-dimensional works that are also sparing of human presence.
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February 25, 2007 | Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer
Take a winter or spring break in San Diego to see the work of Annie Leibovitz, America's foremost celebrity photographer, during an international touring exhibition of about 200 of her photos. Two San Diego hotels, the W and the Omni, are offering special packages during the San Diego Museum of Art exhibit, which ends April 22. The display includes family photographs and portraits of public figures such as Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt and former President Clinton.
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October 19, 2006
TODAY POP MUSIC Roving tour with Arthur as guide When L.A.'s Arthur magazine puts on a music festival -- such as ArthurFest in September 2005 and ArthurBall in Echo Park earlier this year -- fans know they're in for a challenging and unpredictable ride through a maze of genres that rarely coexist.
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December 9, 2004 | Suzanne Muchnic
The San Diego Museum of Art has offered to return a painting added to its collection four years ago if it proves to have been stolen from a church in Mexico. The museum in Balboa Park purchased "Expulsion From the Garden of Eden" -- a 70-by-46-inch oil-on-canvas work painted in 1728 by an unknown artist -- from a Mexico City gallery in late 2000.
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April 29, 2004 | Leah Ollman
Derrick Cartwright has been named director of the San Diego Museum of Art. He replaces Don Bacigalupi, who left after four years to become director of the Toledo Museum of Art. Cartwright has been director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College since 2001. Prior to that, he served as the first director of the Musee d'Art Americain in Giverny, France.
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October 3, 2003
Interim chief: Heath Fox, director of administration at the San Diego Museum of Art, has been named acting director of the museum while trustees look for a successor to Don Bacigalupi, who resigned for another job.
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August 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Don Bacigalupi, director of the San Diego Museum of Art, has resigned to accept a similar position at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. Bacigalupi, 43, took over the San Diego museum four years ago, when the institution was struggling to strengthen its permanent collection, improve relations with other museums and recover from questioned spending practices during the 19-year tenure of his predecessor.
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October 3, 2003
Interim chief: Heath Fox, director of administration at the San Diego Museum of Art, has been named acting director of the museum while trustees look for a successor to Don Bacigalupi, who resigned for another job.
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August 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Don Bacigalupi, director of the San Diego Museum of Art, has resigned to accept a similar position at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. Bacigalupi, 43, took over the San Diego museum four years ago, when the institution was struggling to strengthen its permanent collection, improve relations with other museums and recover from questioned spending practices during the 19-year tenure of his predecessor.
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January 2, 2003
January * Video artist Bill Viola's "The Passions" on screen at J. Paul Getty Museum. * Coldplay's U.S. tour starts. * Savion Glover's "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk" on tap. * Choreographer Merce Cunningham's 50 years of dance showcased at UCLA. * Abstract painter Ellsworth Kelly's "Red Green Blue" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. February * Works by Lucian Freud. * Dixie Chicks DVD lands. * William Blake's "Songs of Innocence and Experience" set to music.
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November 3, 2002
When: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Where: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego Ends: Jan. 26 Price: $8, adults; $6, seniors, young adults, students and military; $3, children (6-17); children 5 and younger are free. Contact: (619) 232-7931
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