April 15, 2013 |
The L.A. County Museum of Art has signaled its commitment to African art by paying $1 million for a 3-foot-high "Gwan" sculpture of a mother and infant, believed to help ensure healthy childbirth by the Bamana peoples of Mali. "It's one of the oldest surviving wood sculptures of Africa and probably the oldest Gwan figure in existence," said Polly Nooter Roberts, a curator of African art at LACMA and professor at UCLA. According to carbon dating, the piece was made between 1432 and 1644, earlier than Gwan figures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
April 10, 2013 |
There are at least three great reasons to see "Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome," the newly opened antiquities exhibition at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. A major sculpture anchors each of the show's three rooms, and together they tell an accelerating story of artistic and social power on the ancient Mediterranean island. Chronologically, the first is a straightforward male torso, his finely chiseled marble body quietly brimming with latent energy. Second comes a preening charioteer, physically just larger than life but expressively very much so. And third is a depiction of a minor god with major fertility on his mind, his powerful physicality an embodiment of the contortions of carnal lust, both corporeal and psychological.
April 8, 2013 |
Santa Monica will soon be sporting a new piece of civic art by Olafur Eliasson, and while it's on a considerably less massive scale than the giant temporary waterfalls the Danish-Icelandic artist installed along the East River in New York City as a public art project in 2008, it has the advantage of being permanent. The 9-pound table-top piece is the icing on a $1-million cake -- Santa Monica already having been awarded the cash component by Bloomberg Philanthropies, headed by New York City's multibillionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
April 2, 2013 |
Authorities on the East Coast are searching for Bigfoot. No, really. Vermont State Police are hunting for a Sasquatch sculpture reportedly swiped from a Westford couple's driveway over the weekend. The couple purchased the 8-pound, 15-inch-tall Yeti from a SkyMall magazine. Police say the statue is valued at around $100, the Associated Press reported, and the owners would be satisfied if it was simply returned to their front lawn. In addition to police efforts, the couple is using community network Front Porch Forum to search for the sculpture.
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March 31, 2013 |
From a distance, the Watts Towers rise as a beacon of pride in a community that has struggled for years with poverty and crime. But up close, tiny cracks are tearing through the historic sculpture. One particularly nasty fissure starts thin at the base of the 99-foot center tower, then widens and snakes over colorful tiles, branching like a network of veins from an artery. Decorative ornaments - pieces of glass, seashells and pottery that artist Simon Rodia painstakingly affixed - are falling off, bit by bit. The towers have been deteriorating for years, prompting quick patch jobs that did little long-term good.
March 8, 2013 |
SICILY, Italy - Two years ago, the J. Paul Getty Museum ended a lengthy dispute with Italian cultural authorities by returning a towering limestone and marble statue of a Greek goddess to Sicily. The sculpture is now the pride of the relatively modest Museo Archeologico in Aidone - and by far its biggest attraction. The tiny hilltop town in central Sicily, near an excavation of the ancient city of Morgantina, is also the home of a Hellenistic silver collection repatriated in 2010 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.