Los Angeles Times art critic

Jasmine Swope's photographs make familiar sights seem almost alien

latimes.com — The relationship between photography and national parks is a long, varied and often fruitful one. Among other examples, it dates to the era 150 years ago when Carleton Watkins' dazzling pictures inspired Congress and President Lincoln to federally preserve the untrammeled area around Yosemite Valley.

Chris Burden's 'Ode to Santos Dumont' inspires wonder, delight

latimes.com — In the 1970s, Chris Burden's radical performance art courted danger and grappled with violence. He had himself shot, conducted harrowing endurance tests, crawled bare-chested over glass on a dark city street, held a TV talk-show host hostage at knifepoint on camera and was kicked down two flights of concrete stairs during the opening of the 1974 Basel Art Fair.

The Whitney Museum replies to my request to withdraw a false statement

latimes.com — Eight days after asking the Whitney Museum of American Art to remove an exhibition wall-text that refers in a false and defamatory way to a review that I wrote 22 years ago, I received a reply from Whitney director Adam Weinberg. The short answer: No.

Art world mourns Chris Burden, who provided shot in the arm to performance art

smh.com.au — Being shot in the arm during a performance piece at an Orange County gallery brought Chris Burden fleeting fame, but his later works, such as the outsized, imagination-charged Urban Light (the ranks of vintage lampposts tightly arrayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), left a longer-lasting legacy.

Chris Burden's 'The Other Vietnam Memorial' is an unsentimental reminder of the war

latimes.com — In 1992, columnist Christopher Knight commented on Chris Burden's "The Other Vietnam Memorial" and the critical reaction to the piece in the art community. No sculpture in recent memory has demonstrated as keen and disturbing an artistic intelligence as Chris Burden's "The Other Vietnam Memorial."

Chris Burden dies at 69: Artist's light sculpture at LACMA is symbol of L.A.

chicagotribune.com — Chris Burden, the protean Conceptual artist who rose from doing controversial performances in the 1970s to become one of the most widely admired sculptors of his generation, died early Sunday at his home in Topanga Canyon. He was 69.

Chris Burden dies: Artist's light sculpture at LACMA was symbol of L.A.

latimes.com — Chris Burden, the protean Conceptual artist who rose from doing controversial performances in the 1970s to become one of the most widely admired sculptors of his generation, died early Sunday at his home in Topanga Canyon. He was 69.

'Sculpture in the Age of Donatello' shows artist's competitive spirit

latimes.com — Donato di Niccolò Bardi, better known to posterity as Donatello (circa 1386-1466), decamped from Florence, Italy, in 1443 for what turned out to be a decade-long sojourn in Padua, about a hundred miles north on the outskirts of Venice. The lure was a coveted commission for a colossal bronze equestrian statue, but he was less than thrilled about the move.

Images of Muhammad and a Texas cartoon show's sketchy purpose

latimes.com — Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which organized the Muhammad Art Exhibit & Contest near Dallas that led to a fatal shooting Sunday, is a staunch supporter of the cherished American freedom to do something stupid.

A shabby wall-text marks debut of new Whitney Museum

latimes.com — Being misquoted is one thing, but being completely misrepresented in an art museum wall text is quite another - especially when something I wrote more than 20 years ago is used as a slur concocted from the direct opposite of my critical opinion.
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May 24, 2015

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May 23, 2015

Heartbreaking: L.A. Times reporter's visit to #Palmyra, Syria, a year ago, when Syrian military was in full control fw.to/826jHXd

May 22, 2015

"Although TLC goes to great lengths to mask this fact, the Duggar family is a cult." slate.me/1elH36g #Duggars

May 22, 2015

Jay Z v. Marina Abramovic: For a time, the art world was sated by the narcotic power of celebrity. fw.to/Yy5FozK Illustrated.

May 21, 2015

The city that makes Rome blush: experts describe what makes Palmyra so important fw.to/6DBse2O

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