MoMA director Glenn Lowry argues that contemporary artists provide important perspective on the art of the past. He’s right.
The Rembrandt Research Project issues the latest volume in its Corpus next month, and the editor, Ernst van de Wetering, considered leading Rembrandt expert, offered a lecture at Columbia University. His talk was a disorganized ramble.
“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.