FROM Carolina Miranda
Eight border wall prototypes: Works of art in themselves? Eight giant prototypes of the US-Mexico border wall have been built on the San Diego side of the border. Swiss artist Christoph Büchel has created a tour for people to view them. He says they’re modern versions of land art. Others say that’s offensive.
New York Times draws fury for explaining LA to Angelenos The New York Times yesterday published a front page story that portrayed Southern California as a place of aimless urban sprawl, no civic institutions, and a newspaper in turmoil. Angelenos used choice words to bash the article on Twitter. Some pointed out factual errors. Others said it was another example of The New York Times describing LA as an inferior city.
Remembering LA ceramicist Dora De Larios Dora De Larios in her studio. Artist Dora De Larios created everything from small, functional tableware to giant ceramic sculptures. She incorporated Native American and Japanese influences in her art. She died on Sunday at 84. A retrospective of her work opens in February at the Main Museum downtown. Dora De Larios' 1990s "Small Blue Animal." Dora De Larios' 1982 work "Inner Vision." Photos courtesy of Carolina Miranda
'PST: LA/LA:' Performance art to check out A 10-day festival of modern performance art launches tomorrow. It’s called Live Art LA/LA, and it’s part of Pacific Standard Time. There will be shows at 25 different locations around LA, and more than 200 performers from 15 Latin American countries.
Why experimental art gallery Machine Project mattered Machine Project has been running in Echo Park since 2003, but it’s shutting down next week. The Machine Project enabled artists to collaborate on experimental projects, and it worked with big institutions like LACMA and the Hammer Museum. We look back at the highlights of Machine Project over the last 15 years.
The year in controversial art In 2017, several major art exhibits were changed because of protests. The Guggenheim pulled three pieces after animal rights activists said there was animal cruelty. The Whitney removed a piece by a white artist depicting Emmett Till’s death out of its Biennial due to public outrage. Events like these raise questions about censorship, artistic expression and power in the art world.
What sexual misconduct allegations at Artforum say about the art world Knight Landesman is the former co-publisher of Artforum, the glossy bible of the art world. He has been accused of sexually harassing women who worked at the magazine.
LACMA gets $150M for its redesign, so will it actually happen? LACMA announced a massive gift from music mogul David Geffen today. We also talk about a retrospective of the Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino here in LA. And in New York, the Guggenheim Museum is taking heat from animal rights activists and the art world about some controversial works.
Artists mash up Japanese and California culture Kozyndan is a husband and wife artist duo. She’s Kozi. He’s Dan. Their work uses visual puns to celebrate and poke fun at California culture. Like their painting of P22, the Griffith Park mountain lion, eating a koala from the Los Angeles Zoo. We look at Kozydan’s new show “The Golden State” at the Gregorio Escalante gallery. Escalante died unexpectedly last week. We remember him as one of the founders of the lowbrow art movement in Southern California -- a movement influenced by punk, tattoos and graffiti.
Found in Translation Francisco Artigas and Fernando Luna, House at 131 Rocas, Jardines del Pedregal, Mexico City, 1966 Photograph by Fernando and Roberto Luna, 1966 Courtesy of Fernando Luna, © Roberto and Fernando Luna Mexico, our neighbor to the south, has long influenced California's design and architecture. Turns out, the inspiration flows both ways, a story that is told through art, artefacts and architecture in LACMA's new PST LA/LA exhibition, Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico 1915-1985 ." The goal, co-curator Wendy Kaplan tells DnA, was to recontextualize the "usual suspects", the "dreamy evocation of Spanish dons, the hacienda, the noble native, as opposed to the decimation and appropriation of indigenous Mexican culture. So we present the myths and we dispel the myths, but also discuss the persistence of myth and how that has affected perceptions up until today." The exhibition covers four main periods -- Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Hispanic Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism -- from Bertram Goodhue's Mexican-influenced designs for the Panama California fair; through posters, furniture and sculpture by Mexican artists inspired by indigenous art traditions; to Op-Arts' influence on the look for the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and Mexican influence on Deborah Sussman's color palette for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Along the way the show questions why for so long Mexican influence was credited to Spain; and why we put up walls between two countries that have been sampling each other's cultures for so long. The LA Times arts writer Carolina Miranda talks to DnA about a subset of this cross-pollination: the "colonial californiano" buildings in 1930s Mexico City copied from Hollywood's "Spanish-style" architecture. Describing the exchange as a cultural "hall of mirrors," she says, "It is not American culture. It is not Mexican culture. It goes back and forth. People are influenced by each other's culture. People build on each other's culture. People appropriate each other's culture all the time. And that's what you see going on here."
Exhibit celebrates Latin American influence on art and culture in LA The massive arts series called Pacific Standard Time officially launches its latest series next week. It’s called “PST: LA/LA,” and it runs through January. There will be more than 80 exhibitions in museums and galleries across Southern California. It won’t just be visual art. There are concerts on the schedule, too. The organizers call it “an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.”
Two new photo exhibits in LA focus on working class life Star Montana’s new exhibit, “I Dream of Los Angeles,” is now on view at the Main Museum in downtown LA. It includes portraits of young, working class people trying to hold onto their dreams amid crime and poverty. Also at the Getty Center, there’s an exhibit up called “Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of ‘In Flagrante.’” Killip’s images are of industrial towns in northeastern England in the 1970s and ‘80s.
VR art exhibit shows harrowing experience of migrants Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” has a new exhibit at LACMA. It’s called “Carne y Arena,” and it uses virtual reality to simulate what it’s like for a refugee crossing the US-Mexico border.
Definition of home is at heart of a new LACMA exhibit LACMA’s “Home: So Different, So Appealing” features work by about 40 artists from the Americas. This is the first show in Pacific Standard Time, a collection of art exhibitions taking over Southern California museums, galleries, and performance spaces. The theme is the “exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles”
Inside the Guess founders' new modern art museum A brand new contemporary art museum opened Thursday in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Blvd. The Marciano Art Foundation displays the art collection of Paul and Maurice Marciano, the founders of the fashion brand Guess.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?