CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2013
Jim Brothers Created bronze sculptures on display across U.S. Jim Brothers, 72, a Kansas artist whose bronze sculptures are on display in the nation's capital and at historical monuments around the country, died Tuesday at his home in Lawrence, Kan., where he had been receiving hospice care, said Audrey Bell, a funeral director at Warren McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, Kan. Friends and colleagues said he had cancer. Brothers was best known for two projects: creating a sculpture of Dwight D. Eisenhower that's on display at the Capitol in Washington, and as the chief sculptor for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., said Paul Dorrell, who represented Brothers and owns the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City.
August 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ruth Asawa, a San Francisco sculptor recognized as a major post-WWII American modernist for her intricate hanging wire creations, died early Tuesday, her daughter Addie Lanier said. She was 87. Asawa, who as a Japanese American woman navigated decades of discrimination as well as internment during the war, had a lasting effect on the arts in San Francisco, where she moved in 1949 to join her husband, architect Albert Lanier. In addition to breaking the barriers of craft with her crocheted wire sculptures, Asawa dedicated herself to fostering the arts for local youth and adults.
July 25, 2013 |
Marilyn Monroe can't seem to say goodbye to Palm Springs. The 26-foot "Forever Marilyn" statue slated to leave sometime in September will remain in place until mid-November before shoving off for New Jersey, a city tourism site announced. This is the second extension for the "Forever Marilyn" statue by Seward Johnson, which arrived in May 2012. "The online posts, the many emails, events and celebrations, all have shown the [Sculpture] Foundation and artist Seward Johnson how a community can be inventive and enhance the experience of public art," foundation director Paula Stoeke said in a statement from PS-Resorts.com.
July 24, 2013 |
A glowing red elephant, two blue-green oxen and an orange and pink camel trudge beside passengers as they exit the Los Angeles International Airport's Tom Bradley Terminal. Closer inspection of the life-size sculptures reveals the elephant's trunk to be a vacuum cleaner hose, an ox's yoke to be the handle of a baby carrier and the camel's hump to be a mixing bowl. These are just some of Los Angeles sculptor Cynthia Minet's raw materials, which when lighted by LEDs, suddenly take on an arresting glow.
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.