After two decades of renovations, the museum that calls itself a “well-kept secret” reopens with a mission to be more visible.
Anne Wallentine is a writer and art historian based in Los Angeles. She received her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art.
On the Same Frequency as Milford Graves
The jazz drummer’s polymathic experimentation also spanned visual art, botany, and even an improvisational martial art he invented called Yara.
What Our Fantasies About the European “Middle Ages” Say About Us
An exhibition depicts how people have reimagined the medieval period in the centuries since, and how they have revealed their own interests and ideals with each new interpretation.
How Lee Alexander McQueen Spun History Into Fantasy
Drawing from a wide range of personal influences, McQueen deconstructed myths and facts and refashioned them into his desired story.
How Artists Have Explored and Understood the Human Body Through Time
The Getty is exhibiting exquisite anatomical illustrations from the 16th century to the present.
The California Dream in the Prints of Frances Gearhart
Gearhart founded a print gallery with her sisters and was at the center of the Arts and Crafts movement in southern California.
Art Classes Are Helping Transform Medical Education
Classes like Anne Willieme’s are part of the burgeoning field of medical humanities, which aims to tackle the disciplinary divide between art and science.
The Spiritual and Erotic Role of Touch in Early Modern Art
In the early modern era, divine and erotic passions were not as polar as they may seem to us today.
Whimsy and Personality in Early American Photography
An exhibition of cabinet cards at LACMA showcases marketing and personal panache.
A History of Protest Photography That Plays It Too Safe
A photography exhibition at the Getty bears witness to activism but lacks the space to do it justice.
Catherine Opie on Her First Monograph, “a Map of My Mind”
For Opie, photographing is about “understanding what it is to be inclusive.”
Eating Your Way Through Art History
Maite Gomez-Rejón founded Artbites in 2007, sharing her combination of food and art history, including recipes inspired by historical works.