April 17, 1998 |
Today's culture is awash in theme parks and electronic special-effects movies. This baroque efflorescence causes concerned pundits to conclude that Americans now prefer the fake to the real. The current exhibition at Cal State Long Beach's University Art Museum reminds us that around here a taste for spectacle is as old as P.T. Barnum. "Theatre of the Fraternity: Staging the Ritual Space of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 1869-1929" is not, strictly speaking, an art show.
August 20, 1989 |
In his first West Coast museum show, British conceptual artist Richard Long today is scheduled to unveil the fruits of his just completed, 10-day residency at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art. The artist, who began his residency Aug. 10, was still immersed in his work at press time, but museum director Hugh M. Davies told The Times what viewers could expect from the exhibit, which will be on display through Oct. 15.
January 24, 1989 |
It's tempting to say that two exhibitions, "Abstract Options" at the University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara, and "Joan Snyder Collects Joan Snyder" at the Contemporary Arts Forum, jointly declare the revival of abstract painting. But the notion doesn't hold much water. For one thing, you need more than a temporary disappearance to have a revival. Abstraction didn't die when Neo-Expressionism arrived; it only surrendered the limelight and it has maintained a loyal following.
February 17, 1985 |
Thirteen artists have gone public with proposals for monumental sculpture, designed for the grounds of Cal State Long Beach. Their ideas are on view, through March 31, at the University Art Museum in "Monuments To:," an exhibition of drawings, photographs, maquettes and sculpture.
July 2, 1992 |
On America's birthday, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art will celebrate the nation's friendship with France with the opening of the exhibition "Discoveries! French Masterpieces From St. Etienne." The historical bond between the two nations runs deep. The Franco-American alliance dates to 1778, when the French government, under Louis XVI, declared its support for American colonists struggling for independence from Great Britain. Now, an alliance between St.
April 1, 1995 |
Austria feels like a nation that decided to drop out of 20th-Century culture. It was a lively art center during the epoch of the Vienna Secession at the turn of the century. Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele made terrific erotic art. Otto Wagner and Josef Hoffman designed even more erotic buildings. Sigmund Freud invented a new art form called psychoanalysis, which was more erotic than any of them. Since then nothing earthshaking has happened. Not that Austrian artists stopped trying.
March 29, 1987 |
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have launched a $35-million fund-raising campaign designed to "maintain current levels of artistic excellence and provide a firm foundation for future growth." The Campaign for the Fine Arts Museums is the first program of its kind at the museums. Already, $25.2 million has been pledged. Of the $35-million goal, the museums are seeking $21.5 million in endowment funds, with income on $7 million to be used for art acquisitions and income on $14.
January 6, 1985 |
An exhibition of more than 100 photographs by Minor White, selected from the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will be at the California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside Friday through March 8. Regarded as one of the most influential American photographers, White was admired for his photographs and for his work as a teacher, editor, critic and theoretician. He believed that the essence of any object or place could be captured through the lens of a camera.
July 1, 1990 |
September's Los Angeles Festival may still be a couple of months away, but for artist Diane Gamboa, who's involved in four curated festival programs, the work has already begun. Gamboa has spent the past two weeks at East L.A.'s Self-Help Graphics making her 14-color print, "Malathion Baby," which will be featured in the atelier's September show "Portraits: L.A.
June 6, 1991 |
Cal State Long Beach officials have begun preparing for the worst, a $13.2-million budget cut that could eliminate classes, faculty, staff, and the only accredited art museum in the state university system. An estimated 1,000 classes may be eliminated in the fall, forcing students to delay graduations next year until required courses become available.