LOS ANGELES — Minor White’s photographs offer a portrait of a life lived in collaboration with the natural world, other people, and the great beyond. This collection of crisp photographs make up the retrospective Manifestations of the Spirit.
Few people may know the names of Shunk-Kender, but the pair of photographers behind that hyphenated moniker have captured many of the most famous images of post-war modern and contemporary art in Paris and New York and together they documented many ephemeral events that would’ve been lost to history if it were not for their work.
LA MOCA has fired Paul Schimmel Paul Schimmel quits LA MOCA? (according to Jeffrey Deitch), LACMA is reducing its hours and cutting staff, and the Getty cut jobs last month. Pull yourself together, LA!
Earlier this month, the J. Paul Getty Trust announced that it was cutting 34 jobs in its museum division. In and of itself, this wasn’t huge news; despite the absurdly booming art market, the national economy continues to sag, meaning museums have to contend with smaller endowments and less generous donors. But while museum cuts are nothing new, the Getty case is notable because of the fact that the cuts fall almost entirely on the institution’s education department.
I guess we should be expect an LA museum to acquire a painting of actors but this one might be by the great 18th C. French painter Jean-Antoine Watteau.
Carmageddon 2011 might chiefly be remembered as the big transportation nightmare that wasn’t: an accelerated work schedule, coupled with a couple million people in the Los Angeles area realizing they didn’t need to drive anywhere last weekend after all, meant that the anticipated citywide gridlock and marathon traffic jams never came to pass. Which is too bad, because we really like the idea of that little Franco-Flemish piggie at the Getty Center getting the day off to roam around the museum and visit his fellow masterpieces.
Sometimes I have strange feelings for my computer. In the 13 years since I set up an email account, I have had a wide ranging series of emotional experiences while facing a screen. In the early days of email, I wrote long letters to friends, like the ones I used to write by hand and send through the mail. I received long letters too: messages of friendship and love and the occasional breakup, though these missives have become increasingly more brief and less frequent since Facebook …