Thursday, November 30, 2006

Magritte at LACMA

Here's my review of the Magritte & Contemorary Art show at the LA County Museum of Art. It's been online for a week, but the paper version just hit the streets today. Pictured above is "The Cripple" from Magritte's very brief "Vache" period in 1948, when he abandoned his familiar style and made all these loose, goofy paintings. They're the highlight of the show for me.

NOVEMBER 21, 2006

Hot on the heels of Santa Monica Museum’s tightly curated and visually spectacular pairing of Giorgio de Chirico and Philip Guston in “Enigma Variations” comes its sprawling, ambitious doppelgänger at LACMA, “Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images.” Not only is René Magritte known for the very sort of hauntingly insoluble pictorial puzzles that were de Chirico’s stock in trade, but he basically arrived at that point in an uncanny parallel to Guston — seeing a de Chirico reproduction and abandoning his previous oeuvre of nonrepresentational abstraction. The premises of the two shows are fundamentally similar — tracing the older artist’s influence on a younger generation. Except instead of one painter engaged in a lifelong dialogue with another, “Treachery” delivers 31 artists working in a variety of media (including Guston), often with only a tenuous or indirect link to Magritte’s imagery or conceptual concerns.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Space Baby in Space Juice at INMO

I have a sound sculpture, "Space Baby" in this show at the new INMO, formerly Eddie's Bar & Grill in the Million Dollar Rosslyn Hotel in the heart of LA's skid row. The piece was originally created for a One Night Stand at the Farmer's Daughter Motel curated by Mark Dutcher in 2001, where it was installed in the motel room bathtub. It's now in a silver aquarium.

114 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

SPACE JUICE : November 26 - December 24, 2006

andreas angelidakis,
doug harvey,
soyeon cho,
marya kazoun
bora kim,
moon saeng kim,
chang wook lee,
marcos lutyens,
Nickel School > patrick shields & ben konen

Lost Ishi Movie Friday at EPFC


Lee Lynch and Doug Harvey present a rare screening of the out of print 1978 movie "Ishi: The Last Of His Tribe" written for screen by Dalton Trumbo and Christopher Trumbo and starring Dennis Weaver as Professor Benjamin Fuller (AKA anthropologist Thomas Waterman). Not to be confused with the similarly titled 1992 TV movie "The Last Of His Tribe" starring Graham Greene as Ishi, this film chronicles much of Ishi's life as a teenager throughout his nearly 40-year concealment.

Discussion following with Historian Richard Burrill, author of "Ishi Rediscovered" and "Ishi in His Second World" -- including the story of the little known Indian Hunter "Hi Good" and the story of his murder which involved Ishi's tribe. Plus sign the petition for an Ishi stamp to be issued by the Post Office Aug. 28, 2011, to commemorate Ishi's appearance in Oroville. ANTHROPOLOGIST & AUTHOR RICHARD BURRILL IN ATTENDANCE!