Mat Gleason (still) putting us on edge

Language & ideas · Visual arts
We’re fans, at arts·meme, of art critic-provocateur  and coagula art journal editor Mat Gleason, especially when Gleason, himself a monster of the internet, flatly pronounces, “Social media for artists is a time suck.” So we’re intrigued to hear Mat’s lastest ideas concerning the show he has just curated at Cypress College, near to Orange County. Fun ...

Arts visions of American West @ Autry Center 2

Visual arts
Inspired by the gift of 49 paintings and sculptures from the collection of Loretta and Victor Kaufman, a new exhibition at the Autry National Center of the American West’s highlights the Griffith Park museum’s growing fine-art holdings. The powerful grouping of pieces represents diverse peoples and perspectives in bronzes, paintings, lithographs, watercolors and sculptures, all ...

Photographer Jason House’s scenes of terminal transience

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
An upcoming photo exhibit features images from Rockhaven Sanitarium located in Montrose, California. Founded in 1923 by psychiatric nurse, Agnes Richards, Rockhaven was a private institution that tended to suffering “mild mental and nervous disorders.” Marilyn Monroe’s mother, Gladys Eley, called it home, as did Billie Burke. Abandoned in 2006, the decaying property stands in ...

Miss Ruth strikes a Denishawn pose in “The Peacock” (1914)

Dance · Visual arts
A photographer’s dream model, the exotic Ruth St. Denis habitually struck a dramatic pose for the camera. Fifty years later, in the San Fernando Valley, she was doing the same thing. Ruth St. Denis, “The Peacock” 1914, photo by J.D. Toloff, Evanston, IL

David Hockney, choreographer of the canvas

Dance · Visual arts
Confronted by the astonishingly energetic recent output of artist David Hockney in “Painting and Photography,” on view at L.A. Louver Gallery, I was struck by how dancerly the images, rendered in rectangles, hanging on the wall. The artist’s distinct consideration of bodies – and objects – arranged in space evoke avant-garde dance. In particular: a ...

It depends on your point of view, says David Hockney @ L.A. Louver

Language & ideas · Visual arts
“Painting and Photography,” a solo exhibition of new work by David Hockney developed over the past two years in his Los Angeles studio, explores the relationship between painting and photography, the artist’s interest in depicting perspective, as well as his fascination with using new technology to create images. The show marks Hockney’s 16th solo exhibition at ...

Spectral ballet studios by Ruth Weisberg

Dance · Visual arts
Ruth Weisberg L’ANCIENNE, 1978 Ink Drawing on Lithographic Wash 28 3/4 x 40 1/2 inches JRFA #0935 Ruth Weisberg GILLES ET L’ANCIENNE, 1978 Original Lithograph 29 5/8 x 41 3/4 inches JRFA #0936 The deeply evocative body of work entitled “Reflections Through Time,” a career retrospective of artist Ruth Weisberg now on at Jack Rutberg ...

Hepworth’s beautiful “bird” nests in Los Angeles

Visual arts
Concurrent to a retrospective of the esteemed artist’s oeuvre at Tate Britain, on view, a distinguished sculpture, “A Bird Form,” at Leslie Sacks Contemporary in Bergamont Station, Santa Monica. “Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World” opens at the Tate this week, the first major Barbara Hepworth exhibition in London for almost 50 years. It ...

Magritte “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” to hang @ LACMA

Visual arts
Just one incredible canvas of the approximately 47 works recently bequeathed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art by collector A. Jerrold Perenchio is this incredible painting dating to 1935 by Belgian Surrealist artist, René Magritte. Fundamental to the work of the Belgian Surrealist René Magritte is his play with pictorial reality, which is presented ...

How beautiful! French art bequeathed to LACMA

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
Love the work of French artist Pierre Bonnard and his inimitable ‘interior’ paintings, an example, “Apres le repas,” from 1925, above. That’s just one canvas of a huge trove of French and other European art bequeathed last November as a major gift to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) by the Los Angeles-based ...