| Nov 16, 2012
| 4:44 AM
A large drawing hangs behind Doreen Bolger's desk, dripping with the words "Forward in all directions."
The phrase, drawn with bleach on dark paper by Baltimore artist Colin Benjamin, has become something of a mantra for Bolger, the director of the...
| Jan 26, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Invited to provide a table-setter for the L.A. Art Show, a sprawling and mind-bogglingly diverse annual marketplace and smorgasbord for the eyes, Marilyn Lowey delivered an installation that's cheekily site-specific. Titled "Translating Transitions #4,"...
| Feb 10, 2013
No one is exactly sure how Jackson Pollock arrived at the pour and drip techniques he began to use in the late 1940s to create the sprawling paintings that brought him enduring acclaim. But we do know that he is the most-famous abstract expressionist, a...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 2:31 PM
It's not every day you get invited to witness a museum destroy a work of art.
And not just any work of art — a nearly 60-year-old piece from the Japanese master Saburo Murakami. In fact, because Murakami died in 1996, the Museum of Contemporary...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 3:11 PM
John Lautner believed that "architecture should be really odd." To this end the midcentury American architect dotted Southern California with a concrete, glass and copper volcano for Bob Hope's second home, a dwelling that looks like a UFO perched on a...
| May 3, 2013
| 3:21 PM
I'm working too much at my art, seven hours a day with a break for lunch and a nap.
I'm working too little at my art, seven hours a day with a break for lunch and a nap.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered...
| May 11, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Think calligraphy is simply that swirling script on nice wedding invitations?
Think, again — then check out the Newberry Library's newest exhibit, "Exploration 2013."
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal,...
| May 16, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Did it come with a card attached that says, "Thank you for being a friend"?
A 1991 painting depicting a topless Bea Arthur that was created by artist John Currin has sold at an auction Wednesday for $1.9 million. The sale was part of a larger Christie's...
| Jun 14, 2011
Bay Area art collectors Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson did not go to Stanford University. He went to Hobart College in Buffalo, where he started a food services business with two partners while still a senior (taking over one......
| Jun 17, 2011
F. Kathleen Foley reviews 'Bakersfield Mist' at the Fountain....
| Jun 29, 2011
High culture collides head-on with low in “Bakersfield Mist,” in which ex-bartender Maude Gutman tries everything — and we mean everything — to persuade a snooty art expert that a painting she bought for a few bucks at a thrift.......