MoMA director Glenn Lowry argues that contemporary artists provide important perspective on the art of the past. He’s right.
“Paul McCarthy: Three Sculptures,” which inaugurates the new Los Angeles gallery of New York-based L & M Arts, has made me a reluctant fan. The grotesque sculpture is a robotic double image of George W. Bush copulating with a pig, just the sort of shock-schlock that McCarthy has made his stock in trade.
The Metropolitan Opera opened its season last week with Das Rheingold, the premier of a new production of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle. This new “Ring” is directed by Robert Lepage who conceived a 45-ton machine with vertical planks that swivel to form various stage configurations. It’s a clever and versatile mechanical invention, but the resulting visual effect, and other aspects of the production, are a disappointment.
Merchandise Mart, the company that operates the Armory Show, will launch a Los Angeles fair in late 2011, and has hired LA MoCA curator Adam Gross as director of the event.
The Site Santa Fe Biennial is well organized by curators Sarah Lewis and Danial Belasco around an interesting theme – the use of drawing and high tech in animation – and has a great web site that includes excerpts from many of the works included.
Ralph T. “Ted” Coe, the former director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and an important collector and scholar of American Indian art, died at his home in Santa Fe on 14 September.
Here is the letter, emailed to the Brandeis community today, from president Jehuda Reinharz, whose January 2009 announcement that he would sell off the university’s art collection to balance the college’s finances damaged the school’s reputation and led to his announcement last fall that he would resign in June 2011 if a replacement is found.…
I’m on a panel that takes place in San Francisco this Sunday in relation to the 01SJ Biennial of Digital art and new media. Click this link for details:
Donations of $5 or $10 Now Accepted Via Text Message With All Major Mobile Phone Carriers Washington, D.C. – In the wake of a recent renovation-related fire, The Phillips Collection launches a micro-donation campaign to raise funds toward repair of the historic Phillips house. Supporters can donate $5 or $10 to the museum by sending…