October 26, 2011
October 23, 2011
Brief article on NPR about the art of Richard Serra.
Serra's work may be psychological; it may be theatrical. But the real work that it does for us is philosophical. These are philosophical spaces that excite us by letting us remember what it is like to discover the world through active living.
October 20, 2011
October 19, 2011
In their podcast, iconomaniacs, Art History professors John Machado and Denise Johnson consider the Apollonian and Dionysian dichotomy in art referencing various approaches to the themes of chaos vs. order, nature vs. civilization, female vs. male, and emotion vs. reason as they relate to this year's Chaffey College book selection, Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire. Iconomaniacs Episode 28: Apple can be viewed on www.iconomaniacs.com, through iTunes, or downloaded to a portable device. This is an enhanced podcast with images being presented along with the dialogue.
October 17, 2011
Former Menil chief conservator Carol Mancusi-Ungaro began interviewing artists, in the presence of their works of art in 1990, recording their attitudes and feelings toward the works’ conservation and exhibition. The series of videotaped interviews snowballed into the The Menil Collection’s Artist documentation Program, with 33 artists on record. Now, the ADP interview collection is available online on the Menil’s website as the ADP Archive.
The ADP interviews are casual and candid, filmed in the conservation studio, an exhibition gallery, or an artist’s studio, often by award-winning filmmaker and video artist Laurie McDonald, who performed video editing and post-production on the full collection.
October 16, 2011
Well, although I'd love to attend, doesn't look like I'll be a guest at this year's MOCA Gala. Individual tickets run from $2,500 to $10,000.
This week MOCA announced that Deborah Harry will perform at the Gala on November 12th.
In the past, MOCA has lined up pop sensations like Lady Gaga and Kanye West to perform at its annual fund-raising gala. Last year, Caetano Velosa, Beck and Devendra Banhart were a less obvious draw but arguably had more of a visual art connection.
Now MOCA is going with a longtime art-world favorite by lining up Deborah Harry to perform at its Nov. 12 gala, which is being developed by Marina Abramovic. In announcing the singer's participation, museum director Jeffrey Deitch calls her "an icon of music, art, and fashion, and one of the most influential people in contemporary culture."
The Gala will coincide with the opening of the MOCA Grand Avenue exhibition Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles.
October 14, 2011
Archeologist discovered an "art workshop" in South Africa dated 100,000 years ago. The archeologist found ochre, grindstones, and storage containers for creating art.
"Early homo-sapiens using ochre was previously recorded to have happened around 60,000 years ago. But these new findings show that early humans were not only using ochre much earlier, but also that they were producing and storing it 100,000 years ago."
Abalone shells were found containing ochre, and the holes on the abalone shells were plugged up creating a storage container for the ochre.
Check out the Gizmodo link below for more pictures.
Source: Gizmodo, Science
October 13, 2011
For those who would like to visit a Buddhist temple, I recommend Hsi Lai Buddhist temple on the hillsides of Hacienda Heights in California. And yes, its free. The only problem is finding parking in the roads. Other than that, parking is free.
This place is great and shows various Budda statue shrines along the halls leading to the main temple. You find a little fountain full with different plants, trees, and statues. This is one of the beautiful sights besides the interior of the temple which is filled with little niches with lighted candles. In the middle wall of the main temple, you find three huge golden statues. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed in this part.
The architecture is the traditional Chinese curved roofs with designs on the edges. If you stand on top of the stairs in front of the main building, you have a great view of the hillside. In the back of the main temple, you find a circular building that has the names of deceased persons around the walls and on top, but no photos allowed.
This temple has a mini shop, lecture class, restaurant and more. If you want to know more about it you can visit their website through this link: http://www.hsilai.org/en/index.html
October 1, 2011
Another story on the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions happening across southern California this fall.
Read and listen to the complete story from NPR:
The story of America's rise on the global art scene has mostly taken place in New York — but now Los Angeles wants in on the narrative.
Over the past 10 years, the wealthy L.A.-based Getty Foundation has doled out about $10 million in grants to help launch Pacific Standard Time, an unprecedented collaboration between more than 60 cultural institutions with one grand theme in mind: the birth of the L.A. art scene from 1945 to 1980.
For six months beginning in October, large and small museums and cultural venues from San Diego to Santa Barbara will feature artwork that collectively aims to rewrite the history of art in America after World War II.