December 17, 2013 |
If you like Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, you'll love the sculpture of Alexander Calder. And vice versa. As an artist Calder certainly wasn't in the business of illustrating difficult scientific postulates. (Born on the cusp of the 20th century, he died at 78 in 1976.) In fact, one frequent knock on him was the claim that, while charmingly whimsical, his sculpture is physically, emotionally and intellectually lightweight. After all, this is the guy who built an entire miniature circus out of cardboard, some buttons and a bunch of twisted wire.
December 16, 2013 |
With objects as diverse and mundane as kitchen sponges, steel downspouts, T-shirts and garden hoses, Lynn Aldrich has been crafting whimsical sculptures and installations for more than 20 years. Her current exhibition at Art Center College of Design is a delightfully quixotic retrospective in keeping with the eclectic spirit of her work. Visitors are greeted by a rain of steel downspouts, hanging vertically over the entrance to the galleries. Varying in length, their insides are painted in various shades of blue.
HOME & GARDEN
December 14, 2013 |
Christmas makes old men of us all, particularly the women, who grow grumpy and put-upon because most of the holiday prep falls to them. Christmas is a glorious celebration till it gets its claws into you. If you're not too careful, you grow cynical over the drumbeat of sales-sales-sales, the idiot radio stations that start the yuletide tunes in mid-November, the whole colossal runaway holiday sled. Our Thanksgiving was a triumph of the human spirit, and by Sunday of that weekend I was nearly Christmased out. I'd had just the right amount, yet there stood before us several more weeks of holiday mayhem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 |
SALINAS, Calif. - This is a love story involving three hats, one town and the right shade of yellow paint. For decades a trio of giant hat sculptures in a scraggly grass field here had been treated like derelict pieces of playground equipment. Teenagers climbed to the top of what they knew as the "Salinas Hats. " The metal grew rusty and was scarred with gang graffiti. Few seemed to remember that this was "Hat in Three Stages of Landing" by well-known artist Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen.
November 13, 2013 |
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's Culture Ministry on Wednesday called off the largest museum exhibition in decades of stone sculptures carved by a mysterious pre-Hispanic culture known as San Agustin after residents of the eponymous southern township blocked the removal of 20 monoliths that were to have been the centerpieces of the show. Most of the 20 statues - some measuring 6 feet in length - were crated and ready for transport in the San Agustin museum complex in southern Colombia on Saturday when hundreds of locals blocked the entrance to prevent trucks from loading them.
November 8, 2013 |
Trained as an architect, Tony Smith (1912-80) was adept at working with geometric structure in relation to the human body. In the 1950s, when he turned first to painting and then to sculpture, the interplay between the geometric and the organic became a leitmotif. “Maze,” a conundrum in welded steel painted dead-black, is the commanding centerpiece of a beautiful exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery. The 1967 sculpture consists of two pairs of rectangular forms, each nearly 7-feet tall.