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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...
May 3, 2013 |
Frank Gehry has pulled out of a major architecture exhibition set to open June 2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, a move that could force the show to find a new venue or face the prospect of being canceled altogether. The exhibition, "A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture From Southern California," is an exploration of the last 25 years of Los Angeles architecture, with work by Gehry, Thom Mayne, Michael Maltzan, Barbara Bestor, Lorcan O'Herlihy and many younger architects.
April 25, 2013 |
Urs Fischer is an artist of the big gesture. It's a mixed blessing. Emblematic is a monumental outdoor sculpture in his newly opened, 16-year survey exhibition, which is divided between the Museum of Contemporary Art 's two downtown L.A. buildings. The monolith of cast aluminum, one of a series made over the last seven years, rises 45 feet above a parking lot. Its shape is chunky and abstract, the color a light-absorbent gray against a bright blue sky. TIMELINE: MOCA in flux Move in for a closer look, and soon it's apparent that the form has been blown up from a small lump of casually manipulated clay.
April 21, 2013 |
Edouard Manet (1832-83) was arguably the first Modern artist. Partly that's because the 19th century painter's work was made in direct, conscious response to museum art - in those days a newfangled institution. Before, painters and sculptors made art in response to popes, kings and burghers as well as to paintings and sculptures other artists made for popes, kings and burghers. But the museum was something new. The museum codified art and its history. Manet painted in the self-conscious hope of gaining admission to the ranks.
April 18, 2013 |
At a time when technology seems to be all about getting more people to see more images more quickly and clearly than ever before, Jennifer Pastor's “Endless Arena” comes across as a wonderfully nutty throwback to a bygone era. The spindly sculpture, in a small back gallery at Regen Projects, resembles nothing so much as the armature for some kind of homegrown experiment or the framework for an ad-hoc stage set. It's both and more. But you won't know that if you don't look closely.
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.