Rosie, her cat Buttermilk, and her creator Maurice Sendak, at Skirball Center

Visual arts
Maurice Sendak, Rosie and Buttermilk, her Cat , character studies for Really Rosie animation,1973, watercolor and ink on paper, 13 ¾ x 15 5/8”©The Maurice Sendak Foundation Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) is much known as the artist/creator of acclaimed children’s books Where the Wild Things Are (1963), In the Night Kitchen (1970), and Outside Over There ...

Film museum … or oil refinery?

Film · Visual arts
Everyone thinks that the Academy Museum at Wilshire and Fairfax, was a repurposed May Company department store, but as a story in Curbed L.A. demonstrates, it was inspired by an oil refinery. We’ve been living around them forever! And to prove it, the Museum is staging a new exhibition featuring the kinds of clothes people ...

From Fahey-Klein, Agnes Varda photography

Film · Visual arts
Cuba, Men on Skates, January, 1963Silver Gelatin Photograph, Ed. 2/513 1/16 x 19 15/16 inchesSigned, stamped, titled, dated, numbered, Signed by Estate Executor, Estate stamped versoSigned by Agnes Varda La Terrasse du Corbusier, Marseille, France, 1956Silver Gelatin Photograph, Ed. of 10Signed by Agnès Varda, titled, dated, numbered, Signed by Estate Executor, Estate stamped verso11 3/4 ...

Artist George Evans: Native son in perpetual motion 2

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If you walked into the intimate Matter Studio Gallery and were told nothing about the current exhibit, you’d be forgiven for wondering what unites the group of artists represented. Large neon figure slashes dance through space over dark brown-magenta grounds. Brilliant photographic prints capture big-sky panoramas with low horizon lines. Muted watercolors of figures and ...

A closer look: “Worker and Machine” (1928) at The Huntington

Ideas & Opinion · Visual arts
Hugo Gellert, Worker and Machine, 1928, oil on board, 30 1/2 × 30 7/8 in. Collection of Sandra and Bram Dijkstra The anonymous working man in this painting, “Worker and Machine” (1928) by Hungarian-born artist Hugo Gellert, is one of nineteen striking canvases exhibited in “Art for the People,” a boutique collection of paintings, a ...

Radical reading room: Shepard Fairey at Glendale Central Library

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
Well we love libraries. And don’t you sense they are coming back? It was wonderful, the other night, to see scores of people milling about, chatting, in the grand-scaled lobby of Glendale Central Library … a safe public space. The reason for their visit was “Peace is Radical“, a solo exhibition by renowned street artist ...

Home to world-class museums now address of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Visual arts
jack rutberg in gallery september 2023courtesy pasadena now ed. note: Longtime admirers of Jack Rutberg, among Los Angeles’s most esteemed gallerists, we’ve been following news of his new location, on Lake Avenue, one of Pasadena’s grand commercial boulevards. With permission from Pasadena Now, artsmeme is excerpting a story by Eddie Rivera, Editor of the Weekndr ...

Two’fer at Edward Cella gallery speaks with prescience to today’s world

Visual arts
ed. note: I was much smitten by a visit to gallerist Edward Cella’s paired exhibition for two fine artists, Chris Trueman, a longtime practitioner based in northern California, and Jennifer Bannert, a younger, Germany-based artist whom Cella had in residence at his bright new digs on La Brea Avenue along a commercial business section of ...

Sam Francis at LACMA: a California original goes global 1

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Though his last productive years were spent in a Santa Monica studio, art fanciers with a taste for the color-laden Sam Francis (1923-1994) paintings had to search out isolated canvases at a couple of local museum installations. With “Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing” (through July 16 at LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of ...

Arts separatism for sale

Fashion · Visual arts
purchase blacma teeshirt here The latest ‘merch’ from the Los Angeles County of Museum, the erstwhile color-blind LACMA, got our attention. What on earth is BLACMA? Let’s look into the teeshirt’s backstory. This shirt was made to commemorate the establishment of LACMA’s Black/African American Employee Resource Group (BLACMA) in 2021. This internal group of employees ...