September 29, 2006 |
Wolfgang Tillmans is already a confirmed art star. The German-born artist, based in London, has exhibited internationally since about 1990 and was crowned with Britain's Turner Prize in 2000. For the last dozen years, books of his work have been published at a clip of about two annually. His first American retrospective, at the Hammer Museum, might also land him a new title, as aesthetic champion of the DIY ethic. The show, weighing in at 300 photographs, is a precious heap of raw ingredients.
September 16, 2006 |
KINETIC pictures of sweaty club-goers, caught in moments of passion and ecstasy, hang along one wall. A few feet away, a more serene photograph captures a centuries-old statue dedicated to the Christian trinity. Wolfgang Tillmans, the German-born photographer whose retrospective opens at the Hammer Museum on Sunday, has never hung these pieces quite so close before.
September 30, 2006 |
Russell Ferguson, deputy director of exhibitions and programs and chief curator at the UCLA Hammer Museum, has agreed to become chairman of the university's art department. The appointment, which requires approval by the university and chancellor, is likely to be confirmed near the beginning of 2007, allowing Ferguson to assume the new role in the spring term. He will retain the title adjunct curator at the Hammer.
September 10, 2006
Philip Guston and Giorgio de Chirico Philip Guston, a leading figure of the avant-garde from the 1930s until his death in 1980, is said to have traced his decision to become a painter to a visit to the Los Angeles home of collectors Louise and Walter Arensberg. There, amid works by Braque, Picasso, Matisse and Rousseau, the L.A. teenager was exposed to the art of Giorgio de Chirico. Later he told filmmaker Michael Blackwood: "I was mostly struck by De Chirico. They hit me very hard.
July 13, 2005 |
Today it's common for collectors, even museums, to buy works from artists still in school. Although it's too early to tell if such instant success will damage these young artists' development, an exhibition at UCLA's Hammer Museum tells a cautionary tale from an earlier era, before the art market got superheated and it became increasingly difficult to say "mature works" with a straight face.
February 10, 2000 |
Refusing to let the scheduling vagaries of Fashion Week rain on her parade again, Nigerian-born designer Lola Faturoti staged a guerrilla fashion show on the street here Wednesday, in front of people streaming out of Ralph Lauren's must-see show. Thirteen monastic-looking models stood in a line on West Broadway and ripped off their muslin cloaks, one by one, to reveal outfits based on a story Faturoti made up about a 15th century African princess who is obsessed by a Da Vinci painting.