Soraya Nazarian, sculptor, offers a 25-year retrospective 5

Visual arts
In 2000, Los Angeles sculptor Soraya Nazarian traveled to an artists workshop in Pietrasanta, Italy, a city made famous for its marble quarries by none other than Michelangelo. The experience profoundly shaped Nazarian’s life, focused her technique, and enhanced her relationship with stone. She has been one of the few female artists who have personally ...

ROA, exceptional talent, to be featured in MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” 1

Visual arts
The precocious and prolific Belgian artist, ROA, is among the selected fifty to be featured in Art in the Streets, the first major U.S. museum exhibition dedicated to graffiti and street art, opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art on April 17. We first encountered ROA’s critters, and their innards, painted on cardboard, brick, and ...

Minneapolis gets Merce Cunningham Dance Company collection

Dance · Visual arts
The good news in the dance world is that the Merce Cunningham Dance Company collection of set pieces, costumes, painted drops created for relentlessly innovative choreographer by leading artists, designers and musicians has a loving home. Alas dance fans will have to traipse to Minneapolis to see the stuff, made in New York City though ...

Hoppé’s impromptu Nijinsky photo session 1

Dance · Visual arts
This dapper fellow is E.O. Hoppé, Great Britain’s German-born society-and-arts photographer (1878-1972) whose current show at London’s National Portrait Gallery has spawned very positive reviews. [Click on E.O.’s photo for better view] And it all has a Los Angeles connection. arts·meme friend, Graham Howe, who divides his time between Sydney and Pasadena, is a distinguished photography ...

Yuichiro Ando @ New Puppy Gallery

Visual arts
All kinds of documentary and feature films have examined George Bush’s little war, but I’ve yet to see a fine artist’s response. Because … how many artists have had flip-flops on the ground in Iraq? Iraqi war veterans struggling to move on from their experience may include an L.A. artist, Yuichiro Ando, an Otis art-school ...

Good god! Apollo visits Los Angeles, twice.

Dance · Visual arts
The bronze art treasure, Apollo Saettante, Apollo the Archer, is visiting Los Angeles through the summer, far from his home in the Real Museo Borbonico in Naples. The luminous statue arrived on the cliffs of Malibu, California, where he received a tender beauty treatment from Getty Museum conservationist Erik Risser and curator David Saunders, antiquities ...

President Obama confers arts & humanities award

Dance · Film · Music · Theater · Visual arts
From the White House earlier today …

Harry Houdini, who he? See: Skirball Center

Visual arts
Houdini: Art and Magic, coming soon to the Skirball Cultural Center, traces magician and escape artist Harry Houdini’s evolution from fledgling circus performer in the 1890s, to stage magician at the turn of the twentieth century, to star of stage and film. Featuring more than 150 artifacts, the exhibition illuminates Houdini’s compelling story through historical ...

Honoring America’s greats: National Medal of Arts

Dance · Music · Theater · Visual arts
President Obama this morning honored some of our nation’s great artists in a ceremony at the White House. Receiving the 2010 National Medal of Arts were Robert Brustein, the theater producer and critic; Van Cliburn, the pianist; Mark di Suvero, the abstract expressionist sculptor; poet Donald Hall; and the pioneering dance organization, Jacob’s Pillow Dance ...

Abstract art show at Barnsdall Park

Film · Visual arts
Barnsdall Art Park — off Hollywood Boulevard not far from where D.W. Griffith’s studio once made celluloid art — sits on a hill over looking the Griffith Park Observatory, Hollywood sign, and picturesque Los Feliz neighborhood. All that beauty (click on photo for better view) — but a hideous strip mall sits adjacent to the ...