by Kelly Boyd

This Monday, Eli Broad formally announced the future location of his Broad Collection museum, bringing another cultural institution to the already busy area.  His museum will be the first building in the Grand Avenue Project, an initiative to rejuvenate the downtown neighborhood that has stalled due to the ongoing budget crisis. The museum will be designed by the New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, chosen by Broad after a private competition involving six firms.  Of the decision, Broad is quoted as saying, “We didn’t want it to clash, but we didn’t want it to be anonymous either.”  He is, of course, referring to the site’s close proximity to Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall. Continue reading ‘Broad Settles Downtown, on Grand Avenue’


by Kelly Boyd

The Petersen Automotive Museum recently opened a special exhibition titled Automotivated: Streamlined Fashion and Automobiles, showcasing the connection between early car design and fashion, covering the period from 1913 to 1938.  The show is produced in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum and was inspired by the 2007 Phoenix Art Museum fashion exhibition Automotivated.

In the early years of the car, the passenger drove in an open cab and was exposed to the elements, necessitating that one dress for the journey and not the destination.  Floor length dusters in neutral colors accommodated the large skirts of the early 1900s and ensured that clothing was not damaged in transit. Continue reading ‘Cars and Clothing Collide at the Petersen Automotive Museum’

by Caroline Newman

Weather is not just a temperature, it is also a signifier of emotion.  Visit Saving Paradise, currently on display at the Irvine Museum, to experience the passionate connection many artists make to their natural surroundings.  The Irvine Museum is known for its incredible collection of California plein-air paintings, yet this special exhibit emphasizes the non-tangible qualities of the landscape; light and emotion. Continue reading ‘Saving Paradise @ Irvine Museum’

John Baldessari's "Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell," 1966-68. Image via The Los Angeles Times.

John Baldessari: Pure Beauty @ LACMA through  09/12/2010

This summer, LACMA has put together a long overdue retrospective of one the most influential American artists working today.  “John Baldessari: Pure Beauty,”  features more than 150 works spanning the artist’s career from 1962 to the present and includes works on canvas, photography, videos and books.  Covering a career that spans from Conceptual Art in the 1960s to appropriation art in the 80’s and beyond, the exhibit is unified by Baldessari’s interest in language and the nature of communication.  This is an exciting exhibition, and also includes a special installation that was created expressly for this retrospective.  LACMA is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 8:00 pm, Friday from noon to 9:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Continue reading ‘L.A. Summer Art Preview’

by Kelly Boyd

The problem of how to display art while minimizing damage to the work is one that is confronted by museums and collectors alike.  The impulse share art with others is a common one that plays out on various scales across the world.  From the largest museum to the smallest personal collection, people want to showcase those things they find to be beautiful.  However, the desire to protect these same objects is nearly as strong.  These conflicting urges create a certain tension that is inherent in the display of art.  Luckily, there are steps that can be taken by both museums and collectors to ameliorate the potential harm. Continue reading ‘Defend or Display? Exhibiting Art Without Damage’

by Kelly Boyd

Museum of Contemporary Art

Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective

The Museum of Contemporary Art has just opened a new show featuring the work of Arshile Gorky.  This is a major retrospective of the man described by the LA Times as an “essential pivot in Modern abstract art.”  The exhibition, the first to display his work in such depth since 1981, celebrates Gorky as a founder of abstract expressionism and includes some of Gorky’s most important drawings, sculptures, and paintings.  This exhibit runs through September 20th, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  The museum is open Mondays and Fridays from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursdays from 11:00 am – 8:00pm and 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on weekends.
Continue reading ‘Top 5 Summer Shows in L.A.’