California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

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Julius Shulman (1910–2009), photographer, Pierre Koenig, architect, Stahl House (Case Study House #22), Los Angeles, 1960 © J. Paul Getty Trust. October 1, 2011 – June 3, 2012 This exhibition is the first major study of California midcentury modern design. With more than 300 objects—furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country. Organized into four thematic areas, the […]

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Sven Lukin: Paintings 1960-1971, Gary Snyder Gallery, New York, NY

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Sven Lukin, Tucson, 1966 Acrylic on canvas and wood construction 54 1/2 x 32 x 17 November 11, 2010 – January 29, 2011 Gary Snyder Project Space is pleased to announce Sven Lukin: Paintings, 1960–1971, an exhibition of paintings and drawings at 250 West 26th Street. Opening on November 11, 2010, the exhibition is the first, most comprehensive presentation of Lukin’s work in almost forty years. Eleven of the artist’s famed “three-dimensional paintings” will be on […]

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Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1943-1977, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

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Blinky Palermo, Untitled (Totem), 1964 Casein paint on canvas on wood 86 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches Collection Dia Art Foundation October 31, 2010 – January 16, 2011 While Blinky Palermo’s reputation as one of the foremost post-war abstract painters is well established in Europe, his work is rarely seen in North America. Beginning its yearlong tour at LACMA, this is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of this German artist […]

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Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009): In Memoriam

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    Frederick Hammersley, abstract painter, born in 1919, died peacefully  on Sunday, May 31, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of 90.   Hammersley is known as one of the Los Angeles-based “Abstract  Classicists” whose work gained international attention through the  exhibition Four Abstract Classicists at the Los Angeles County Museum  in 1959.  The term “hard edge” was coined at the time to describe the  geometric, abstract paintings by Hammersley, Karl Benjamin, Lorser  Feitelson and John McLaughlin.   Hammersley attended […]

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Museum Exhibitions Cancelled Due to Recession

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  Work by Cildo Meireles From The Art Newspaper, June 6, 2009: Exhibitions axed as recession bites: US worst hit as sponsorship withdrawn and endowment wealth shrinks By Jason Edward Kaufman and Martin Bailey “An Art News paper survey suggests that a growing number of exhibitions are being cancelled because of the recession. We have identified over 20 important shows that have been axed (or, in a few cases, postponed) later this year or in […]

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Tony Smith: Smoke, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

    Opens February 16, 2008 Smoke, an asymmetrical network of 43 connected geometric elements fashioned from black-painted aluminum, now fills the 60-foot high atrium leading into the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Ahmanson Building, part of the original campus that recently has been renovated to join the new $56 million Broad Contemporary Art Museum, designed by Renzo Piano on Wilshire Boulevard. The renovations open on February 16.

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Better Get Rational, by Dodie Bellamy

Last June I met my friend Margaret Crane for lunch at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. We sat outside on a sunny Sunday afternoon, chatting and eating salad. It wasn’t too hot, the air was breathable—a perfect ladies’ date. Then we headed into the museum’s jewel-in-the-crown exhibition, Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s. The show was huge, astonishing, including nearly 200 works by 130+ artists from Europe, North America, and South America. Jesús […]

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