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Los Angeles Times art critic

Art review: 'Floral Journey' at Autry shows beadwork with deep meaning — Unless one is Native American, getting a grasp of complex Native American spiritual cosmologies is not easy. And that distinction, which might be called a quality of profound otherness, is in essence what drives a fascinating show recently opened at the Autry National Center of the American West in Griffith Park.

Some like it not: Grotesque 'Forever Marilyn' leaving Palm Springs — Good news out of Palm Springs this week: Work has begun on dismantling "Forever Marilyn," the grotesque colossus fabricated with typical ham-handedness by sculptor J. Seward Johnson, which has been marring an already vacant lot at a prominent downtown corner for the last two years.

Christopher Knight, Alan Butler: 9781842931639: Books — Christopher Knight has written five very successful books. His first book, The Hiram Key, co-authored with Robert Lomas, was published in 1996 and it immediately went into the UK top ten, bestseller list and remained there for 8 consecutive weeks.

Review: Mike Kelley retrospective resonates at MOCA — Last fall, when the big traveling retrospective of Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley (1954-2012) opened at MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art's outpost in Long Island City, N.Y., the show looked smashing.

Mike Kelley's riveting adolescent stage — By 1991, Mike Kelley had emerged as a crucial artist in Los Angeles, at the head of a pack that had pushed into prominence in the previous decade. His riveting sculptures reassembled from ratty stuffed animals, crocheted dolls and other tattered children's playthings that he scavenged from thrift shops were also generating considerable critical attention far beyond the city.

A Robert Heinecken survey opens (finally) at MoMA — Artist Robert Heinecken (1931-2006) is best-known for cleverly manipulating found photographs plucked from mass media, which meant to undermine their authority in America's exploding image-culture. He's not included among the 36 artists in the historical group exhibition "Take It or Leave It" currently at the UCLA Hammer Museum, but he probably should be.

Is Jackson Pollock's name hidden in 'Mural'? — Four and a half years ago, Smithsonian magazine offered what was then the latest theory on the genesis of "Mural," the epic Jackson Pollock painting that went on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum on Tuesday following 21 months of detailed conservation work.

Getty videos explain conservation of Jackson Pollock's 1943 'Mural' — Today the J. Paul Getty Museum opens its much-anticipated exhibition of Jackson Pollock's pivotal 1943 painting, "Mural," commissioned by art collector and dealer Peggy Guggenheim for the entry hall of her Manhattan townhouse.

Rebirth of 'Mural' — Myths die hard. Especially creation myths. Messing with the symbolic origins of a world isn't something to be undertaken lightly. Jackson Pollock's mammoth 1943 painting "Mural" - nearly 8 feet high, 20 feet wide and covered edge-to-edge with rhythmic, Matisse-like linear arabesques, muscular abstract shapes and piercing voids, all of which he likened to a frenzied mustang stampede - was something entirely new for American art.

Review: Santa Barbara Museum of Art makes room for Stuart and Aycock — SANTA BARBARA - Michelle Stuart and Alice Aycock are very different artists. Stuart is a kind of cartographer, mapping not just the land but our intimate experience of it. Aycock is more literary, transforming familiar themes like the intrusion of technology into nature and society's spiritual discontents into sculptures that are sometimes participatory.
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Dec 20, 2014

Shocking coincidence: Donald Trump said Tues. he may seek 2016 Republican presidential nomination; Jan. 4 is "Celebrity Apprentice" premiere

Dec 20, 2014

RT @rcembalest: See visitors as audience, not customers, says @KnightLAT: art museums should make admission free

Dec 20, 2014

@kmpmurphy No, that's too mechanistic. #crystalbridges Enlightened board & staff do. Free creates breathing room.

Dec 20, 2014

Privatized: Grosse Point's Ford House quietly sold its Cézanne Mont Sainte-Victoire for $100M last year via @freep

Dec 19, 2014

@eddegas @GettyMuseum I do wish "Mural" was installed lower to the floor, but still a great show.

Dec 19, 2014

These were the 10 best shows I saw at L.A. art museums in 2014 — plus one that was 'deadly dull

Dec 17, 2014

RT @collynmccoy: If I threaten to kill Kim Jong-un, will state-sponsored hackers uninstall Norton Antivirus for me?

Dec 17, 2014

Spending bill surprise: Congress ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana

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