Sam Francis at LACMA: a California original goes global 1

Visual arts
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 ...

He invented ‘happenings’: Allan Kaprow

Visual arts
A new gallery exhibition augurs revelations in the early painting and drawing practice of American artist Allan Kaprow (1927-2006). Kaprow’s career as a painter began with his study with Hans Hofmann. He focused on the medium from the mid-1940s through the 1950s. During this period, he immersed himself in New York’s downtown scene and made ...

Tattoo you, Jackson Pollock, on your 100th birthday

Visual arts
Arts writer Mat Gleason walks the walk where the great abstract painter, Jackson Pollock, is concerned. It’s a permanent love story. Gleason, the prime agent provocateur of The Huffington Post arts page, puts it succinctly: “When people ask me who my favorite artist is, I just roll up my sleeve.” Pollock, who died violently in ...