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September 8, 2011
ART A retrospective of the late artist Beatrice Wood is opening at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Wood, who died in 1998 at the age of 105, was born to a wealthy family in San Francisco but made her home in the bohemian circles of New York before spending the later part of her life as a ceramist in Ojai. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. Opens Fri.-Sun., through March. $5 suggested donation. (310) 586-6488; http://www.smmoa.org
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April 23, 2014
Precognito and Incognito Precognito What: The gala at which guests can preview the anonymous artworks and the gallery floor layout When: 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday Tickets: $1,300 Incognito What: The sale night When: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday Tickets: General admission is $100, VIP admission $250, purchase of an artwork is an additional $350 Where: Santa Monica Museum of Art Information: (310) 586-6488 or http://www.smmoa.org
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April 19, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
After more than a decade as the deputy director of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Lisa Melandri is moving to St. Louis to become the director of the Contemporary Art Museum there. She will leave her current post at the end of June and start her new job in August. “I feel like I'm going to a sister institution in that it's also a noncollecting contemporary art museum,” Melandri said. “I find that model so exciting and thrilling. It's ideal for presentation of contemporary art, and it has this ability to be nimble, unlike some museums with permanent collections.” The official announcement notes that Melandri has helped to oversee the Santa Monica museum during a time of growth, in which its operating budget nearly doubled to reach $2.2 million.
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April 23, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica Museum of Art's annual Incognito benefit may be the most democratic of all Los Angeles art world soirees: 700 works for sale by emerging and famous artists alike, all 10 by 10 inches and exactly $350 - with the artists' identities hidden from view until after purchase. But that doesn't mean strategy isn't involved. The event, which turns 10 this year, has become a touchstone for collectors looking to find valuable works by the likes of Barbara Kruger, Raymond Pettibon and Ed Ruscha.
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July 30, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
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.
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May 10, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The great opera and theater director Peter Sellars draped a chain of Lithuanian amber around his neck for PreCognito, something he does, he said, only for very special occasions.  That special occasion, Thursday's gala dinner, celebrated the Santa Monica Museum of Art's 25th anniversary by honoring Sellars and pioneering art gallery owner Margo Leavin. Noted artists Bill Viola and John Baldessari delivered the introductions. PreCognito also previewed 700+ artworks, coming up for sale Saturday at SMMoA's signature annual event, InCognito, which offers each piece at the same $350 plus tax, regardless of the contributing artist.
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May 9, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Granted, upper-level donors to "Incognito" had a special preview night and a short head start. But the playing field was otherwise level at the May 1 anonymous art sale at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Within minutes of the opening, more than 800 people streamed into the museum to scrutinize the 600-plus artworks. Donated by emerging and established artists ( Yoko Ono, Larry Bell, Nancy Rubins and Ed Moses among them), each piece cost $300, measured 8 by 10 inches and concealed its signature until after purchase.
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July 5, 1996
Kids' Studio, a new program of art classes for children, will began at Santa Monica Museum of Art on July 13. The program, to be held each Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., is aimed at children aged 7 to 9 and will continue through Aug. 10. Fees for the five classes is $70 for museum members and $80 for nonmembers. Information: (310) 399-0433.
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April 23, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica Museum of Art's annual Incognito benefit may be the most democratic of all Los Angeles art world soirees: 700 works for sale by emerging and famous artists alike, all 10 by 10 inches and exactly $350 - with the artists' identities hidden from view until after purchase. But that doesn't mean strategy isn't involved. The event, which turns 10 this year, has become a touchstone for collectors looking to find valuable works by the likes of Barbara Kruger, Raymond Pettibon and Ed Ruscha.
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March 15, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than two years after finding a temporary home for its collection, the Santa Monica Historical Society may soon be without quarters once again. Lowe Enterprises had allowed the group to use about 5,000 square feet of an older building on Colorado Avenue free for the past 18 months, but the development company is now ready to demolish the building to make way for a large, mixed-use complex.
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April 10, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Los Angeles artist Betye Saar has won the 2014 Edward MacDowell Medal, a lifetime achievement award given by America's oldest artists' colony, joining an elite roster of honorees dating back to 1960. She'll receive her award Aug. 10 in ceremonies on the MacDowell Colony's 400-plus acre campus in Peterborough, N.H. The cast-bronze medal bears the image of the man who founded the colony in 1907 as a gathering place where artists in diverse disciplines could mingle while pursuing their individual work.
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March 20, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
Both the title and the contents of Keltie Ferris' show, "Doomsday Boogie," bring to mind Piet Mondrian, especially his acclaimed painting, "Broadway Boogie Woogie" (1942-3). The Brooklyn-based Ferris, too, trades in planar, geometric -- or at least loosely so -- shapes, arranged with a nod to the rhythms of urban life. Her paintings, made with sprayed oil pigments, feel like unkempt street versions of several more elegant precedents, not just the work of Mondrian but also Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko.
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February 6, 2014 | By David Ng
Ready for another celebrity art show? This one comes with a New Wave rock twist and some distinctive eyewear. Mark Mothersbaugh -- the polymath musician and artist, best known for the band Devo -- will be the subject of a retrospective that will launch at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in October and will tour the country, with a planned stop at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2016. "Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia" is scheduled to run Oct. 31 to Feb. 15, 2015, in Denver.
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December 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Our in-box becomes clogged with invites to arty holiday events this time of year. So in the spirit of spreading the word -- not to mention opening up some space on our hard drive -- here are a few worthy stops to make (starting Thursday night) on the quest for interesting, art-oriented gifts. Cal Arts' “East of Borneo,” an L.A.-centric contemporary art Web magazine, is hosting a “holiday cheer” and launch party for its new EoB Editions, a line of limited edition, signed and numbered artworks.
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July 30, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
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.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Susan Denley
If you've been longing to try some luxury beauty products but were put off by the price tag, now might be the time to fill your makeup bag. Nordstrom's 2013 beauty anniversary event got underway on Wednesday, offering more than 100 fragrance, cosmetic, skin care and men's grooming products, exclusive and limited-edition items, at favorable prices. Consider, for instance, Kiehl's Creme de Corps Value set, worth $107, marked $75. Or a La Prairie Age Defense Set, a $403 value, priced at $280 and an exclusive-to-Nordstrom Jimmie Choo Flash eau de parfum set for $98. Other premium brands include Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Dior, Kate Somerville, Philosophy and many more.
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January 9, 2011 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ten years is a lifetime in the art world, where the vicissitudes of trends and tastes can befuddle the most experienced. Yet Elsa Longhauser by many accounts has been able to scope out the creative zeitgeist of this city as she completes her first decade at the helm of the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Tucked into a corner of the Bergamot Station arts complex, it is a small museum that seeks to speak with a big voice. She has a clear vision for the mission of her institution, conceived as a kunsthalle, or space for showing rotating exhibitions without establishing any collection of its own. The museum has a large main gallery and a smaller projects room that are programmed throughout the year.
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October 28, 1995 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
Victor Estrada's "Tree of Life" bears decidedly strange fruit. In the rear gallery of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the monumental sculpture is at once charming, horrific, funny, lively and not a little off-putting--a view of life both inventive and grim. Like his gargantuan sculpture "Baby/Baby," the two-headed creature that was among the strongest works in the Museum of Contemporary Art's notorious 1992 exhibition, "Helter Skelter: L.A.
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May 10, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The great opera and theater director Peter Sellars draped a chain of Lithuanian amber around his neck for PreCognito, something he does, he said, only for very special occasions.  That special occasion, Thursday's gala dinner, celebrated the Santa Monica Museum of Art's 25th anniversary by honoring Sellars and pioneering art gallery owner Margo Leavin. Noted artists Bill Viola and John Baldessari delivered the introductions. PreCognito also previewed 700+ artworks, coming up for sale Saturday at SMMoA's signature annual event, InCognito, which offers each piece at the same $350 plus tax, regardless of the contributing artist.
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May 4, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Theater director Peter Sellars, a UCLA professor of world arts and cultures, will be honored by the Santa Monica Museum of Art at its 25th-anniversary Precognito Gala on May 9. Why are you based in Los Angeles instead of New York, which has a larger arts community? For me, Los Angeles has always been the future and New York has always been the past. New York is the old power structure, and frankly, what's way more interesting is what's taking form in the 21st century in L.A. The future of America is happening right here.
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