October 29, 1992
In Cathy Curtis' review of the reopened Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, she remarked on the "kitsch" of Allan Houser's sculptures, which "no major contemporary museum would want." First of all, the Bowers is a museum of cultural art and does not claim to be a museum of contemporary art. Second, what could be more appropriate for a cultural museum than to acquire sculptures from the man who has been the inspiration for today's generation of Indian sculptors? However, calling Allan Houser an "Indian artist" would overlook his debt to Moore, Arp and Brancusi and his ceaseless experimentation with abstraction.
July 5, 1989 |
Tu Ly cut repeated bites out of the huge redwood log, gradually transforming it into a likeness of the stuffed wild boar he was using as a model. In his outdoor studio, the chain-saw sculptor carved his latest creation, which was ordered by a woman as a gift for her hunter husband. It would take Ly three days to complete it and cost the woman $500. Ly, 44, was surrounded by 250 redwood statues, a mix of his own work and the creations of other chain-saw artists.
March 21, 1994 |
Modern artworks by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and others, estimated as worth more than $500,000, have been stolen from an Athens museum, police said Saturday. The 38 lithographs and prints by some of the world's most distinguished painters and sculptors belonged to a private collection on display at the Goulandris-Horn Foundation since Feb. 7. Prints by Spanish painter Joan Miro, French painter Fernand Leger and Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti were among works missing from the foundation.
May 1, 1988 |
On that gleaming Italian coastline beside the Mare Ligure, where the bright Crayola colors of Viareggio's summer cabanas blaze against the seascape, the Appenine Mountains tumble down about the shore. As they approach Pisa to the south, they pause to plant creamy stone togas in solid massifs of rock. These ranges, wintry-white all year, are mountains of marble. Chippings from many millennia form the great quarries of Massa, Carrera, Querceta.
March 19, 2008 |
Contrary to popular belief, the sculpture of the ancient world was intensely colorful, with statues, friezes and decorative objects regularly covered in brilliant pigments intended to enhance their lifelike qualities. But as curator Roberta Panzanelli explains in the fascinating catalog for "The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture From Antiquity to the Present," now at the Getty Villa, it was the Renaissance and the Neoclassical era -- the two major periods of classical revival -- that shaped our understanding of ancient sculpture, and neither was particularly disposed to color.
April 20, 1988 |
Louise Nevelson, who died Sunday, looked like a Gypsy ballerina with her great soulful doe eyes swathed in mink lashes, head turbaned, ears bangled with baubles the size of Ping-Pong balls. She looked like a fortuneteller doyenne fashion model, a Jewish expatriate who was born in Kiev and drank tea from a glass. Born in '99, died in '88 at 88. Nice symmetry in that, especially if you lay the 8s on their sides quadrupling the sign for infinity.