March 21, 1998
I feel compelled to comment on the use of the adjective "silly" in Christopher Knight's review of the Yayoi Kusama retrospective ("Abstraction as Illusion," March 11). I wonder if Knight has ever used the word "silly" to describe the work of a male artist. To me, it gave off a strong whiff of male chauvinism. It also made me question Knight's ability to accurately judge the work of this extraordinary and unique artist. I had hoped, probably foolishly, as we come to the end of the 20th century that art criticism would have progressed beyond the limitations of gender.
October 3, 2012 |
PARIS -- It seemed as if there was a battle of the bigs going on at Paris Fashion Week. New designers at Dior and Yves Saint Laurent grabbed a lot of attention, so Karl Lagerfeld installed wind turbines in the Grand Palais for the Chanel runway show, and Marc Jacobs installed four escalators on the runway for Louis Vuitton. But in the case of Jacobs, there was method to the madness. The escalators were a site-specific installation by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren, known for creating art in public spaces that unites surfaces and architecture.
March 11, 1998 |
In September, the Margo Leavin Gallery in West Hollywood held a show of mostly recent work by 68-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, her solo debut in Los Angeles. The paintings were wonderful, the sculptures curious but unconvincing, the mirrored "infinity chamber" silly. On Sunday, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened Kusama's first major American museum show, focusing on work she made between 1958 and 1968, the decade Kusama lived in New York.
September 8, 2006 |
American composer Steve Reich and Russian ballet star Maya Plisetskaya were among the five winners of the 2006 Praemium Imperiale arts awards for lifetime achievements, announced Thursday. French sculptor Christian Boltanski, German architect Frei Otto and Japanese painter Yayoi Kusama were also named as laureates. Given annually by the Japan Art Assn. in fields not covered by the Nobel Prizes, the awards carry cash prizes of $131,000.
March 5, 1998
Between 1958, when Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama arrived in New York, and the late 1960s, when performance began to dominate her art, she created a body of work that made a significant contribution to the contemporary scene. A comprehensive exhibition of works from this period, "Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-1968," opens Sunday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with paintings, collages, sculptures and reconstructions of three of the artist's environmental installations.
May 6, 2012 |
When you think about it, paint-by-number sets are the analog version of pixilated images: Each type of representation consists of small, single-color sections that add up to coherent pictures. At David Kordansky Gallery, Jonas Wood's nine big paintings have one foot firmly planted in each of these two media. The combination captivates. From the hobbyist pastime, Wood's oils and acrylics on linen or canvas borrow charm, earnestness, steady, one-step-at-a-time craftsmanship and just the right touch of hokey sentimentality.