March 4, 2013 |
The Sundance Film Festival will showcase some of its more experimental features in a new mini-festival in West Hollywood this summer. Called Next Weekend, the Aug. 8-11 event will include screenings, panel discussions and parties, and will be headquartered at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. Next Weekend will open with an outdoor screening Aug. 8 at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Other venues such as the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum will host Next Weekend activities.
August 31, 2012 |
Even viewed with low expectations in a week that easily qualifies as the creative nadir of the gallery season when most L.A. galleries are wrapping up their languid summer offerings to prepare for the back-to-school launch of early September, John Baldessari and Rirkrit Tiravanija's dual exhibition of text-based work at 1301 PE is a perplexingly slack affair. Baldessari's contribution is a four-color, poster-sized screen print in which the phrase “Learn to Dream” is repeated in the same thick, chunky font across six horizontal registers.
November 5, 2013 |
LONDON -- A massive cache of art discovered in the Munich apartment of an elderly recluse contains hitherto-unknown works by famous artists as well as pieces believed confiscated by the Nazis in their persecution of Jews or their campaign against “degenerate art,” German prosecutors said Tuesday. Some of the 1,400 items are known masterpieces believed destroyed during World War II; others are new to art historians, such as a self-portrait by painter Otto Dix. The hoard boasts works by giants of the 20th century -- Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Marc Chagall, Max Liebermann -- but also some older pieces, including a painting from the 16th century.
November 29, 2012 |
Monica Majoli's darkly tinted diptychs are love poems to those moments when sleep slips away and you wake up to see that the world is beautiful. In these bedroom pictures, the knowledge that life goes on without you is oddly comforting - serene, sensible and out of step with the selfishness that seems to define our times. At L&M Arts, Majoli's first solo show in Los Angeles consists of five oils on panel, each depicting a former lover, paired with five shadowy works on paper, each made with lithographic inks, in honor of her father, a lithographer who left, long ago, to set up shop in Italy.
September 24, 2013 |
The big, basic, almost naive shapes of Roy Dowell's paintings, collages and sculptures at Various Small Fires bring to mind Marsden Hartley or in their more agitated moments, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Like them, the L.A. artist seems to draw from a vocabulary of personal symbols that give his work an idiosyncratic, totemic quality. The paintings and collages achieve a pleasing balance between gestural efforts, letterforms and flat, geometric areas of color or pattern. They get more interesting the more you look at them, like art historical palimpsests that span prehistory to our media-saturated present.
October 20, 2012 |
For the past 12 years, the public face of Los Angeles Opera has been Plácido Domingo, the famed tenor who serves as general director. But the person who manages the company on a daily basis - the person whose job is to oversee every aspect of daily operations, including ticket sales, season planning, the bottom line - is a much less recognizable and celebrated figure. Christopher Koelsch assumed the role of L.A. Opera's president and chief executive officer in September. The appointment, announced earlier this year, marks a career high for the 41-year-old Koelsch, who joined the company in 1997 and has steadily worked his way up the ladder.