Paul McCarthy at L&M Arts, Los Angeles

“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.

Metropolitan Opera’s Valhalla Machine for Das Rheingold Disappoints

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.

Brandeis Launches Search for Rose Art Museum Director

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.…

Text $ for Post-fire Phillips Collection

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…