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.
April 14, 2007 |
In a short DVD in the show "Beyond Image: Photography in Contemporary Art," the camera fixes on a black-and-white still picture of a woman's face in profile. Her eyes are cast down, possibly shut, and her lips are slightly parted. Slowly, a drop of water rolls down the print in the manner of a tear, from eye to mouth. After a short interval, another drop follows, and another, each leaving a damp track across the photographed cheek.
October 8, 2006 |
Photography exhibitions can be seen in galleries and nonprofit spaces throughout Southern California. Here are some of the fall highlights at museums in the Los Angeles area: "Advancing the Moment: Recent Works by California Photographers" presents work produced from 2000 to 2005 by some of the artists whose much earlier photographs are in the Norton Simon Museum's "Collectible Moment" exhibition.