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Art review: 'Floral Journey' at Autry shows beadwork with deep meaning

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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: Amazon.com: Books

amazon.com — 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

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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'?

latimes.com — 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'

latimes.com — 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'

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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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Oct 23, 2014

Claims that Frank Gehry's museum designs are inhospitable to art have always been spurious bit.ly/1tfMbya #FondationLouisVuitton

Oct 23, 2014

The harmonies of positive/negative space in Islamic art are pronounced in Matisse's late paper cut-outs lat.ms/1t5JQEV

Oct 23, 2014

@CultureGrrl And in '61, seems none of the 116,000 MoMA visitors to the cut-outs show noticed that "Le Bateau" was hung upside down. Oops.

Oct 23, 2014

@CultureGrrl Depends what you mean by major. NGA: 57 objects. Nice. But not comprehensive.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @HunterDPhilp: La Monnaie created just for Baldessari by the French, note the nose pic.twitter.com/ijTegJwBeI

Oct 22, 2014

Museum of Contemporary Art elects 4 new members, including artist Mark Bradford, to board of trustees fw.to/o4KtOAc

Oct 22, 2014

RT @lfung: Anyone can make a cut-out. But Matisse made cut-outs that revolutionized art. @KnightLAT on the show @MuseumModernArt lat.ms/1t5JQEV

Oct 22, 2014

"Life imitates art" - Shia LaBeouf, who may or may not know he's quoting Oscar Wilde in ""The Decay Of Lying" (1889) fw.to/aVaOCEC

Oct 21, 2014

Nice description: "...Walter Tandy Murch, a steampunk Chardin..." bit.ly/1w2XKtI #GeorgeLucasCollection

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