Posts tagged art
Closed Circuits: A Look Back at LACMA’s First Art and Technology Initiative by Catherine Wagley
In 1967, Maurice Tuchman, a young LACMA curator, initiated the Art and Technology program: a "hair-raising idea" to pair artists, scientists, and corporations that aimed to envision the future. It was a project so ambitious and optimistic it had to fail.
Mike Kelley’s Multiplicity by David Mather
Mike Kelley took the 19th-century German notion of Gesamtkuntswerk and made it flourish in the Rust Belt soil of late 20th-century America. His phantasmagorical performances and multifarious installations were subversive, scholarly, and ingenious, deploying a set of compositional strategies that can be understood as an epic iteration of Kelley's reliance on multiple authorial voices.
Artists at Work: Samara Golden by Andrew Berardini
Samara Golden, an “interdimensional artist,” creates boundary-breaking installations—vivid concatenations assembled from psychological states, misremembered architectural interiors, and transitional objects. Utilizing everything from 3D anaglyphic photographs to pantyhose, she dives deeply into the other side of the looking glass and alters reality through simple means.
Your Everyday Art World: Glasgow to Los Angeles by Lane Relyea
DIY culture, artist-run initiatives, pop-up galleries, and ‘zines have long been essential but often unhistoricized aspects of the art world. What happens when that independent fringe drifts steadily into the mainstream and informal networked culture influences the establishment?
Inside and Outside at the Same Time by Karin Higa
The visionary looped-metal sculptures of Ruth Asawa (1926–2013) display an unerringly modern alchemy: Asawa transformed ordinary materials into dynamically inscribed space. Educated in a Japanese internment camp during WWII and later at Black Mountain College, she mastered a remarkably fluent understanding of both art and life.
A Community of Artists: Radical Pedagogy at CalArts, 1969-72 by Janet Sarbanes
A painter, a composer, a drama scholar, two directors, and two radical social scientists sat down at a table in 1969 to plot the future of the California Institute of the Arts. These were CalArts’ first administrators, and the challenge before them—and before the faculty they’d recruited for each of their departments or “schools” of art, film, theater/dance, music, design, and critical studies—was to actualize Walt Disney’s vision of bringing all of the arts together in one institution of higher learning, resulting in “a kind of cross-pollination that [would] bring out the best in its students.”
Artists at Work: Jim Shaw by Julian Hoeber
Jim Shaw is a major figure in contemporary art whose career began in music, with his early collaborative work with Mike Kelley in the 1970s anti-rock band Destroy All Monsters. Since then, he has gone on to work in a range of media, from drawing and sculpture to performance, producing a perverse and radical reimagining of American culture. I worked for Shaw for several years, getting an up-close view of how he developed his work, which often started with a joke or coincidence that would later become a beautifully crafted object. We met in October 2013 to discuss art history, psychoanalysis, and the ways that unconscious processes inform his highly conceptual practice.
Universal Steel: Mark di Suvero, Occupy Wall Street, and the Artists’ Tower of Protest by Travis Diehl
In 1966, Mark di Suvero’s Artists’ Tower of Protest, created in collaboration with the Los Angeles–based Artists' Protest Committee, became a lightning rod for the anti-war movement. Over the next 50 years, as the tower was dismantled, reconfigured, and re-contextualized, history has had its intractable way with the original work.