Category Archives: Museums

Saltz on the Firing of L.A. MoCA’s Director, Paul Schimmel — Vulture

Saltz on the Firing of L.A. MoCA’s Director, Paul Schimmel — Vulture. Ah, another nail in MOCA’s coffin means another chance to bask in the power and glory that is James Franco.

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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style at the Getty

Wait…is that a Janet Jackson video? Seriously.  I asked myself that question as I wandered through the Herb Ritts: LA. Style exhibition at the Getty.  And yet, there was no escaping it.  That not only was a Janet Jackson video … Continue reading

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Herb Ritts and the Cult of the Celebrity Photographer

Man, the 80s and 90s were a heady time for fashion. All you had to do was either be a model or someone who took pictures of models (or rock stars, movie stars, athletes…) and you became so famous that people started equating your work taking pretty pictures of pretty people being pretty with fine art. At least in Los Angeles in 2012. Continue reading

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Copenhagen: Roofs Under the Snow, My New Favorite Painting of the Day

There was a lot of ornately carved marble, sandstone and alabaster, great, big Victorian portraits of unfortunate looking British people, various Rodins, Degas’, Gauguins and Monets, and on a wall, next to a doorway to a gallery was a tiny, tiny canvas called Copenhagen: Roofs Under the Snow by Peder Severin Krøyer. Continue reading

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Now Showing at MOCA

With Art in the Streets closed, MOCA is featuring smaller exhibits and works from their permanent collection that’s not on regular display. Which is good and bad because while it’s nice to see works that are normally warehoused, like the above self portrait of Catherine Opie, it also dedicates a fair amount of its limited space to an artist like Lynda Beglis who just left me feeling like drugs were not only cheaper but better in the 70s. Continue reading

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Cuba at The Getty

I love photojournalism exhibits because I love photography but the immediacy and candor that photojournalists bring to their work can evoke the strongest visceral responses in me. Their work is subliminal. The best of them almost intuitively know the moment before something wonderful or frightening or awesome in its literal meaning is about to happen and capture it. Continue reading

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Luminous Paper at the Getty

Leaving me to visit the West Pavilion, the one pavilion I seem drawn to, over and over. This time to see two very different but compelling exhibits, the first being Luminous Paper: British Watercolor and Drawings, which was both exactly as fussy as I expected it to be and yet utterly engrossing in its fussiness. Continue reading

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What’s Up at the Hammer?

Review of exhibitions currently showing at the Hammer Museum, specifically the Thek retrospective and Isola Bella by Danica Dakic. Continue reading

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Tim Burton at LACMA

Burton’s vision and aesthetic are so singular and ingrained in our collective consciousness that the works on display, from Robot Boy to the early sketches he did while bored at work for Disney to all the Jack Skellington heads, are exactly what you’d expect from a Tim Burton exhibition, but taken as a whole is a genuinely wonderful experience through the gentle (if macabre) mind of America’s most famous eccentric. Continue reading

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Beauty Culture at the Annenberg Space for Photography

Beauty Culture is the exhibition currently running at The Annenberg Space for Photography and, as with Extrem Exposure, is a multi-media experience. With their exhibitions running about six months, Annenberg puts together shows that go beyond just displaying the works of gifted photographers to find a sociological hook that ties them together and expands on what their work represents. Continue reading

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