January 28, 2014 |
In the current issue of Granta, Bernard Cooper publishes an excerpt from his memoir “My Avant-Garde Education,” which is due out next year. Cooper , of course, is a memoirist and fiction writer ( “Guess Again,” “The Bill From My Father” ) of uncommon subtlety and nuance, who uncovers in the quietness of personal experience the tumult of being alive. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he's a quintessential local voice, working from out of what D.J. Waldie calls our “sacred ordinariness,” portraying the city not as mythic landscape but as a place where people live.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1987
The Vito Acconci artwork proposed for San Diego is an important sculpture deserving approval by the port commissioners. This . . . "user-friendly" piece . . . by an important American artist who has been recognized internationally will add considerably to the local scene. The entire process of invitation, presentation and selection for this work was a model of order and democracy. The Arts Advisory Committee represents a perfect balance of informed citizenry: the chairman, a noted industrial designer; the director of an internationally known museum of contemporary art; the curator of an innovative sculpture collection at UC San Diego; the contemporary sculptor trained in architecture; the arts writer who has worked for the arts for over two decades, and a layman.
June 29, 1987 |
No one would expect to be charmed by an artist who made his reputation doing self-obsessed performances. But when Vito Acconci's off-putting early work is compared with his more recent efforts--in a 20-year survey at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, through Aug. 2--he seems to have become quite gregarious. He builds houses, rooms, chairs and lounges--friendly objects that we associate with warmth and comfort.
September 27, 2003 |
Pasadena's newest shopping mall seems an unlikely home for the first permanent installation in Southern California of noted conceptual artist Vito Acconci. But as a piece of public art that doubles as a public bench, it's a logical extension of the work in public spaces he's been pursuing for the last 20 years.
August 18, 1988
Five samples of artwork proposed for the Third Street Promenade shopping mall are on display for public review and comment until Sept. 6. The samples, displayed at 1345 3rd St., represent the work of five artists who were chosen as finalists in a competition called "Art on the Promenade." The winner will be awarded $450,000 to design, construct and install artwork on the promenade's center island and two gateways at Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard.
November 13, 2005 |
AS the Museum of Modern Art's refurbished and expanded building continues to pack in crowds in New York, the museum is reaching out to a young audience on the Internet. MoMA's teen website, Red Studio -- launched last year with an interview with artist Vito Acconci -- has a batch of new features designed to encourage 13- to 19-year-olds to spend some time with modern and contemporary art. What do you find if you visit www.moma.org/redstudio?