July 15, 2013 |
Richard Artschwager, who died in February at 89, was that exceedingly rare artist who made paintings and sculptures of virtually equal merit. In contemporary art, usually it's one or the other. Painters paint, sculptors sculpt, and the differences between them constitute a gulf difficult for one artist to bridge. A few painters, such as Ellsworth Kelly, also manage estimable sculpture. Jeff Koons, to cite perhaps the most prominent current example of a sculptor-who-also-paints, has made some terrific sculptures since the 1980s, but every Koons painting I've seen has pretty much been a sad waste of canvas.
July 9, 2013 |
Remember the moment in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" when Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy emerges from the water? Swimmers in London's Serpentine Lake have a large-scale reminder of the brooding and dashing Darcy -- soaked shirt and all. In another example of art meets advertising, a 12-foot fiberglass sculpture was installed Monday to re-create the scene. The piece, which took a team of three two months to complete, was mostly modeled after Firth (see the signature sideburns)
July 9, 2013 |
A metal sculpture commemorating the “comfort women” used as sex slaves by Japanese troops during World War II stirred a transoceanic uproar among Japanese nationalists but the protest failed to block the project. City officials in Glendale, north of Los Angeles, on Tuesday voted in favor of allowing the sculpture's installation at the South Korean section of a Sister Cities display at Glendale's Central Park. The mayor and City Council had been bombarded in recent weeks with form-letter emails protesting the monument as a divisive reminder of a bitter chapter in Korean-Japanese relations.
July 8, 2013 |
When Jane Austen wrote "Pride and Prejudice," she didn't imagine a sexy Mr. Darcy emerging from a pond in a dripping-wet white shirt. Yet thanks to the filmmakers behind the 1995 miniseries of the novel, viewers got to see Colin Firth, as Darcy, do exactly that . Firth was such a perfect Mr. Darcy that it's easy to believe Austen herself would have been smitten by him. But would she be as taken with a new sculpture memorializing that scene?...
June 19, 2013 |
The dozen ceramic anvils on sawhorse and plywood tables at Acme are signature Matthias Merkel Hess: at once subversive and reverential, sly but earnest, gently comical, surprisingly beautiful and unexpectedly poetic. Merkel Hess has transformed a range of functional objects into clay, in the process generally canceling out their functionality. His buckets and other containers can still serve as vessels, but heavy and fragile ones compared with their lightweight, indestructible plastic models.
June 18, 2013 |
In the year it has been at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Michael Heizer sculpture known formally as "Levitated Mass" and more familiarly as "the rock" has drawn more than 300,000 people, many of them posing for Instagram or Twitter photos as though they are holding the boulder in their palm or on their shoulder. The shot even has a name - - the "boulder holder" pose. Doug Pray's new documentary, "Levitated Mass," which has its world premiere this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival, tells the complete story of LACMA's rock star, and the tale has levity and mass.
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June 11, 2013 |
The lost bulldog being sought in West Hollywood ought to be hard to miss. It's pink. It's wearing sneakers on its front paws. It has a water bottle strapped onto its back. Oh, yeah. And it weighs 200 pounds. Authorities say the bulldog is actually one of six sculptures placed last week in a Santa Monica Boulevard median in advance of last Sunday's gay pride parade. They said the pink pooch was stolen early Monday, perhaps as a prank. The bulldogs - three pink ones and three red ones - were cast in resin by Belgian artist William Sweetlove.
June 6, 2013 |
A waxwork of Kim Kardashian was unveiled Wednesday in Los Angeles - and not at Madame Tussauds. On display at LAB ART Gallery, artist Daniel Edwards' “L.A. Fertility” depicts the pregnant reality star in the nude. The lifesize sculpture features “lactiferous breasts” and a “voluminous” belly “to entice visitors to give a respectful rub for good luck and success,” according to a release from the artist. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times “I was inspired by the beauty of Kim Kardashian and felt quite put-off by the media's criticism of her weight gain during pregnancy,” Edwards said in a statement.
May 24, 2013 |
The world's largest Lego model, an X-wing starfighter, has landed in Times Square with enough cockpit space for Luke Skywalker. The life-size model weighs 46,000 pounds and spans 43 feet from tip to tale, which is about the size of the ship Skywalker flew to battle Darth Vader in “Star Wars.” Thirty-two people, dubbed “master builders” by Lego, spent 17,000 hours assembling more than 5 million bricks to make the model at the company's headquarters...