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.
November 12, 2013 |
Responding to international pressure, officials in Germany have released a preliminary list of the more than 1,400 works of art discovered in a Munich apartment that are believed to have been improperly acquired by the Nazis. On Tuesday, authorities began publishing an online roster of the works found in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, an art dealer who is the son of the Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. The partial list of just 25 works was published on the site Lost Art Database on Tuesday, but the site has been experiencing technical difficulties, presumably because of high traffic.
August 14, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Coda: If you scorned a woman's daughter, the fury gets ratcheted up a notch. Thus unfolds the tale in western Washington state of Jacqueline Ray, 49, and her dead son-in-law. Ray, a resident of the quaint community of Gig Harbor, has been charged with first-degree murder in an alleged murder-for-hire plot in July. Ray's daughter had apparently fled to a motel with her children to escape from her husband, who Ray said had repeatedly beaten her. Also arrested and charged was Luis Rea Barker.