September 13, 2012 |
Ken Price is one of the great American sculptors of the last half-century. Emblematic of his achievement is a brilliantly nuanced, multi-layered sculpture near the start of the exquisite retrospective of his career, now in members' previews and opening Sunday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Made last year, the voluptuous linear form reclines horizontally like a Moorish odalisque by Matisse or a sybaritic bather in one of Ingres' Turkish harem...
September 11, 2012 |
If there's a more beautiful museum exhibition catalog than LACMA's "Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective," I haven't seen it. Exquisitely designed by Lorraine Wild and featuring knockout new photographs by Fredrik Nilson of every work in the show, the book sets a standard of excellence that matches Price's extraordinary art. FOR THE RECORD: "Ken Price Sculpture": A review in the Sept. 12 Calendar section of the LACMA exhibition catalog "Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective" misspelled the last name of photographer Fredrik Nilsen as Nilson.
August 23, 2012 |
Las Vegas' newest artistic attraction is a 500-year-old sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci. A mold and original bronze cast crafted by Leonardo were put on view to the public for the first time at “Da Vinci - The Genius," an exhibit at the Venetian Resort. "Horse and Rider," which shows a Renaissance soldier on horseback, is thought to be one of the only surviving examples of Leonardo's sculpture work. Leonardo molded the cast from a block of beeswax in the early 1500s, but died before the project was completed.
August 9, 2012 |
"Garden in the Sea," a lovely documentary from German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer, follows Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias as she creates a sculpture that will sit deep inMexico's Sea of Cortez just at the edge of Espiritu Santo Island. It makes for a very internationally flavored film, one that ultimately relies on the language of sight and sound to speak eloquently about art and ecology and how they can be fused into something extraordinary. The film begins in Madrid not long after Mexican philanthropist Manuel Arango's foundation commissioned Iglesias to create a piece that would reflect his country's efforts to preserve the natural habitat of the island.
July 30, 2012 |
It doesn't take long for the grandmotherly calm that wafts around Ruby Neri's roomful of figurative sculptures to settle over visitors to her exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery. The feeling is strange - oddly disarming and terrifically distinct from business as usual when it comes to contemporary art, which gets far more attention for being snide than for eliciting such human sympathies as affection, fondness and love. Not one of Neri's 15 sculptures, nearly all of which are about 6 feet tall, is especially realistic.
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July 27, 2012 |
Dennis Avery, who used his share of a family fortune to fund philanthropic ventures around the world and to commission artistic replicas of prehistoric creatures for a quirky sculpture garden in the desert of Borrego Springs, has died. He was 71. Avery died Monday at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. No cause of death was given. Avery was an heir to the fortune from the Avery Dennison Corp., which launched what is considered the first commercially viable marketing of self-sticking, peel-off labels, the kind of supplies now considered essential for offices, schools and home use. His father, R. Stanton Avery, a classic rags-to-riches American success story, founded the business in 1935 after borrowing $100 to build a label-making machine out of spare parts.
July 13, 2012 |
A stolen sculpture by British artist Henry Moore valued at $770,000 could end up being sold for scrap, officials have speculated. The 22-inch bronze sundial from 1965 was taken this week from the Henry Moore Foundation, the sculpture's former home-turned-museum in Hertfordshire near London. This is the second time a Moore sculpture has been lifted from the 72-acre property: In 2005 thieves used a crane to steal the 12-foot bronze statue "Reclining Figure," worth an estimated $4.5 million.
July 11, 2012 |
"Chain Reaction," the anti-nuclear weapons sculpture by the late Paul Conrad, has received landmark status from Santa Monica's Landmarks Commission. The group voted unanimously on the designation late Monday at its monthly meeting. Monday's decision "provides a level of protection for the sculpture, but there are still opportunities [for the city] to relocate it," Scott Albright of the commission said in an interview. He said that future efforts to remove Conrad's sculpture would be reviewed by the commission.
July 10, 2012 |
The gigantic Marilyn Monroe statue called "Forever Marilyn" left Chicago and arrived in mid-May at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs . So what better place to stage outdoor movies of the legendary blond bombshell than at the statue? Four classic films will run Friday nights in July and August -- and they're free. The deal: Films start around 8:30 p.m. Visitors should arrive early to get a good spot and bring blankets or lawn chairs; leave the alcohol home though.
July 5, 2012
ART The Berlin-based artists Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda take a droll look at contemporary society in their debut major solo exhibition in the U.S., which combs through their catalog of sculpture, video and photography. A highlight includes 2011's "Untitled," a collection of found photos of failed Berlin mayoral candidates. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Sat. Exhibit through Sept. 2. redcat.org.