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Curating the Mind of John Altoon

LOS ANGELES — In John Altoon’s current retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, curator Carol S. Eliel organizes a view of this Los Angeles artist’s work that spans from his early beginnings in art — heavy strokes of more Cubist-type work — to his delicate, sexually charged ink and watercolors leading up to his death.

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Frank Gehry Frames LACMA’s Calder Exhibition

LOS ANGELES — Architects often make good exhibition designers. It may seem obvious, since architects as a rule frame and organize space, but few actually get involved in the design of major museum exhibitions. Frank Gehry is an exception to the rule and the Los Angeles-based architect has for decades been designing exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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LACMA’s Rocking Social Media Campaign for Levitated Mass

LOS ANGELES —There’s a giant rock in town. If you live in Los Angeles, it’s almost impossible to ignore this fact. Part of that is because the rock — Michael Heizner’s “Levitated Mass” — blocked traffic on its slow journey to the heart of LA and into the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But it’s easy enough to skip that part of town if you want to. The biggest reason is that almost every Angeleno (at least in my art-loving circle) is talking about it.

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LACMA Lets You Play Exquisite Corpse on Your iPhone

LOS ANGELES — Just a day after I reviewed LACMA’s In Wonderland exhibition of surrealist female artists, I came across their new app. Designed by media artist Jody Zellen, Art Swipe starts you off with 16 images from the show. The images are cut in three and arranged with others on the screen, allowing you simply to slide the images until you find a mash-up you like.