Categories for the annual Art Ball are inspired by specific art movements and artists, and this year will feature looks in the colorful, joyful style of Barkley L. Hendricks paintings.
Art Workers Mobilize to Combat Anti-Asian Racism
StopDiscriminAsian and NYC’s Museum of Chinese in America are some of the arts organizations working to document and counter the rise of violence against Asians and Asian-Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
LA Museums Continue Construction and Expansion Projects, Despite Pandemic
In California, all construction — including museum expansions — has been categorized as essential. While much of the art world is standing still, expansions at LACMA, the Hammer, and other museums are prompting both questions and criticisms.
What to Listen to This Week
Enjoy this roundup of podcasts, playlists, live readings, and interviews coming out of Los Angeles.
A Conversation Series Emerges In Response to Racism During Pandemic
The first event, “Addressing Prejudices Against Asian Americans During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” features Cathy Park Hong and Anicka Yi, among others.
A Closer Look at China’s Most Enigmatic, and Most Copied, Artist
Despite his iconic status, unresolved questions around Qiu Ying persist.
In Blow to LACMA, Major Donor Ends Decades-long Gift Program
The Ahmanson Foundation, a Los Angeles-based organization that supported the LACMA for more than six decades, has ceased gifts to the museum citing concerns over plans for its new building.
The Bizarre Story Behind the Newspaper Ads Criticizing LACMA’s Expansion Plan
On Sunday, full-page ads appeared in both the New York and Los Angeles Times with the slogan “saveLACMA FROM TANKING.”
Julie Mehretu’s Sublime Abstractions of History
Packed with traced and freehand marks, Mehretu’s artworks inspire awe of what might be called an informational sublime, a 21st-century twist on the artistic tradition.
An Exhibition Makes a Bold, Yet Confusing Case for a New Category of Chinese Art
Framing a multigenerational and diverse group of artworks under the blanket term “Material Art” may confound more than it clarifies.
Betye Saar’s Never-Before-Seen Sketchbooks Offer Deep Insights
The sketchbooks reveal how Saar’s practice has evolved over time, and how time itself is a major thread in her work.
A Performance Retraces the Life of Charles White, an Influential 20th-Century Artist
An actor and musician debut Portrait of Charles White, a nuanced and complex portrait of the artist, civil rights activist, and educator.