February 13, 2008 |
There is something Piranesian about Michael Asher's marvelous temporary installation at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, with its extraordinary tangle of architectural fragments that fill the main room. An array of unfinished and intersecting walls, permeable volumes, apparent passageways and occasional dead ends unfolds in the piece, which creates a dense and fantastical maze of light and shadow.
April 3, 1999 |
On Thursday, the Santa Monica Museum of Art transformed its big, central gallery into a bracing rumpus room for the eye, the mind and the soul, courtesy of a 15-year survey of sculpture by Jim Isermann. The three dozen works in this concise presentation comprise the most satisfying show yet in the museum's inaugural year at Bergamot Station.
February 12, 1989
Your reporter (Tracy) Wilkinson wrote an article about the criminal arraignment of a Santa Monica developer, Abby Sher, in connection with events surrounding her Edgemar museum-restaurant complex on Main Street. (Times, Jan. 15.) On Jan. 29, you printed a letter from the museum director, Thomas Rhoads. Rhoads' letter attempted to "correct some factual errors" in the Wilkinson article, regarding the relationship between this developer, Edgemar and the museum. Rhoads went to some length to draw a distinction between Sher's business dealings and the operations of the museum, objecting to Wilkinson's use of the term "private museum," and commenting that "in fact, the museum is a separate entity from Edgemar."
July 29, 2001 |
In the lofty main gallery of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Liga Pang is overseeing the construction of her room-sized installation using bamboo, part of a "New Work" show. While that may suggest a thicket of tall and solid poles, the raw materials of her opus are the twiggy tips of Japanese bamboo, thousands and thousands of them, painstakingly tied together to create a delicate web that hints at the dual essence of bamboo, flexible but strong, simple yet versatile.
November 28, 2002 |
WHAT happens when you take a museum, a mall, an artist, an idea and 200 kids and put them together? The first installation from the Santa Monica Museum's "Wall Works" program, a 19-foot mural whose components are surprisingly varied, an imaginative collage of shapes and images, from frogs to turtles, lizards, fish and serpents. The mural, on display at the Santa Monica Place Mall just outside the third floor of Robinsons-May, is a collaboration of the museum, Santa Monica Place, L.A.
November 30, 1994 |
A new show at the Santa Monica Museum of Art is called "The Layered Look: Towards an Aesthetic of Accumulation Among Six Los Angeles Artists." In addition to being too long, that title sounds a little odd for an art exhibition. It evokes the world of fashion and the shameless self-aggrandizement that surrounds it. Potential viewers may rest assured the handle is ironic to the point of hostility. This exhibition is about desperation. The French call it desespoir , which literally means "without hope."
November 14, 2002 |
Jeremy Blake's digital art is painting made animate, color and pattern transformed from stagnant image into slow, liquid, meditative motion. Working initially with ink and gouache drawings (and at times sketching directly onto the computer), Blake manipulates his work into dreamlike DVD animations.
August 23, 2009 |
Only months out of graduate school, painter Jeni Spota had her first solo gallery show. Not that unusual, perhaps, in an art world that mirrors the broader culture's lust for youth and novelty. The show, at Chinatown's Sister gallery, sold out before it opened. A few months later, Spota had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, part of a series featuring emerging area artists. Such a show, early in a career, is also becoming less out-of-the-ordinary, but hers was the first in the series, recalls curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm, "where I had to borrow every piece from collectors, major collectors," most notably Paris-based FranÃ§ois Pinault, and L.A.'s Dean Valentine and Amy Adelson.
May 26, 2009 |
When Barkley L. Hendricks began to paint portraits in Philadelphia around 1969, one would have been hard-pressed to find many black faces over the prior five centuries of Western art. "Lawdy Mama," the first work encountered in Hendricks' survey exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art acknowledges as much.