Los Angeles Times art critic

Sadie Barnette's 'Superfecta' and the bets of the art world

latimes.com — "Superfecta," the title work in Sadie Barnette's impressive Los Angeles solo gallery debut, casts a sharp and witty side-eye on the state of today's art world. It's a love-hate theme that runs through her show.

Review: Chris Oatey calls on Mother Nature as his artist's assistant

latimes.com — Ideas around chance -- which Merriam-Webster defines as “something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause” -- have driven a lot of art in the past century. Denver-based Conceptual artist Chris Oatey joins the crowd in nine recent pairs of paintings and drawings at CB1 Gallery.

Review: Artist Steven Hull takes a seat at the dark carnival of life

latimes.com — New paintings, sculptures and a group of compelling drawings by Steven Hull are eccentric evocations of the risks, rewards and penalties of going out beyond one's usual limits. For his 11th solo show at Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Hull goes out to sea.

Review: Michael Henry Hayden's 'Knock Knock,' a portal to mystery

latimes.com — Thirteen recent painted wall reliefs by Michael Henry Hayden exploit a gimmick, mixing real objects with painted illusions. But they do it in thoughtful and ultimately engaging ways. At ACME Gallery, the repeated format for "Knock Knock" is straightforward.

J. Paul Getty Museum purchases Gentileschi's radiant 'Danaë'

latimes.com — Two down, one to go. That's a bit of wishful thinking, but the J. Paul Getty Museum's acquisition Thursday of Orazio Gentileschi's magnificent Baroque masterpiece "Danaë" excites the imagination. The painting is the first in a set of three commissioned from the Rome-based, Pisa-born artist in 1621 by Giovanni Antonio Sauli for his lavish palazzo in Genoa, the booming seaport on Italy's northwest coast.
Jan 30, 2016

Women, gods & sex as explained by men: Why @gettymuseum 's great new Gentileschi 'Danae' is an exciting acquisition lat.ms/20dGqBS

Jan 30, 2016

Getty purchases Gentileschi's radiant 'Danaë,' now owns 2 of 3 paintings in a set lat.ms/1P3MjXW

Getty acquires Baroque masterpiece by Orazio Gentileschi

latimes.com — On Tuesday, Sotheby's auction house feted the J. Paul Getty Museum at a private dinner at its New York showroom, with European Renaissance, Baroque and Old Master paintings from its next sale as an elegant backdrop.

Identity transformed in the Fowler's 'Disguise: Masks and Global African Art'

latimes.com — "Disguise: Masks and Global African Art" is an exhibition about identity, which is unremarkable when questions of identity have been front and center for artists for more than a quarter-century.
Jan 28, 2016

Traditional African masks + digital technology = "Disguise: Masks and Global African Art" @FowlerMuseum lat.ms/1RP6UEV

The Kimbell captures 'Painter's Eye,' but it can't elevate Caillebotte

latimes.com — I've tried with Gustave Caillebotte. Really, I have. Surely any artist who could produce as sensational a painting as "Paris Street; Rainy Day" is major. The monumental canvas riveted other artists, critics and casual visitors at the Third Impressionist Exhibition in 1877 - defenders and detractors alike.
Dec 22, 2015

Caillebotte: An artist who painted a couple of truly brilliant knockouts also painted a boatload of mediocrity. How? lat.ms/1OlOc7f

'Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots,' in Dallas, is exciting and enlightening

latimes.com — Museum exhibitions don't often reverse the conventional wisdom on a major artist. Incremental adjustments happen all the time, and the expansion of contextual understanding or surprising twists occur. But a 180-degree turn? Not likely. Yet, that's what happens in " Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots" at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Dec 22, 2015

Museum exhibitions don't often reverse conventional wisdom on a major artist. "Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots" does. lat.ms/1OJ8mSO

Dec 22, 2015

.@KnightLAT's fab review of @DallasMuseumArt's Pollock's black paintings exhib. (Coming to The MAN Podcast in Jan.!) lat.ms/1U2RmuH

'Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV': Splendid pomp and circumstance at the Getty

latimes.com — Louis-Dieudonné - that's Louis "Gift of God" - became king of France when he was not yet 5. His widowed mom, the Spanish Hapsburg queen of Austria, ruled in his place as he grew up, along with firm - some would say iron-fisted - guidance from Italian Cardinal Mazarin, Pope Urban VIII's ambassador to Paris.
Dec 20, 2015

'Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV': Splendid pomp and circumstance at the Getty lat.ms/1QAqHaB

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Feb 05, 2016

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Feb 04, 2016

Harlem's Studio Museum curator Naima Keith named California African American Museum deputy director fw.to/0K00v4C

Feb 01, 2016

The idiotic Iowa caucuses are essentially over. What a relief. bit.ly/1Pc0pGA #iowasowhiteruralapathetic

Feb 01, 2016

Sadie Barnette's 'Superfecta' and the bets of the art world fw.to/EIphjlE

Feb 01, 2016

Review: Chris Oatey calls on Mother Nature as his artist's assistant fw.to/06otDLe

Feb 01, 2016

Artist Steven Hull takes a seat at the dark carnival of life fw.to/CVCEEaQ

Feb 01, 2016

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Feb 01, 2016

@TylerGreenDC @hirshhorn + de Kooning's 1954 "Marilyn Monroe," painted in the wake of her star-making 1953 "Niagara" bit.ly/20jz53H

Jan 30, 2016

This snazzy "inside Hollywood" short story includes a funny Claude Monet painting anecdote, based on a true story: bit.ly/1SQKhA9

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