Sculptor and Performance Artist Chris Burden Dies at 69

Performance/installation artist and sculptor Chris Burden died yesterday, at 69, in his Topanga Canyon home, Burden wasn’t always known… Read More

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Museums Nationwide Are Devoting Their Walls to ‘Mad Men’ in the Coming Months

If you’ve ever felt walled-in by monolithic discussions of Mad Men, finding yourself jumping from friend group to friend… Read More

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Takashi Murakami on His Debut Feature Film, ‘Jellyfish Eyes’

Takashi Murakami merges elements of contemporary anime, manga, and kawaii for an instantly recognizable style that he’s defined as “superflat,” a term the Japanese artist came up with for a group exhibition he curated at MoCA in 2000. To anyone familiar with his work, the superflat aesthetic needs no further explanation, but to anyone who wants to learn more about Murakami’s vision, Jellyfish Eyes is a great place to start. … Read More

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Art and Fashion Have a Scary Baby: Belgians Discuss the Birth of a Monster

Technically, Walter Van Beirendonck is a fashion designer, but one look at his crazy, curious collections and it’s obvious that his creativity doesn’t just reside in the eye of a needle. The epic couturier’s unique vision might have something to do with his erstwhile inclusion in the edgy 1980s fashion collective Antwerp Six. Graduates of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium, the team of eponymous avant-garde fashion rebels also included Dries Van Noten. Together, the Six developed a trailblazing approach to design and put the diamond-dealing city of Antwerp on the fashion map, before famously renting a truck and setting out for the 1986 London fashion fair. … Read More

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Beautiful Posters Celebrate Museum Architecture Around the World

We may go to museums to see art, but how often do we stop to appreciate the beauty of the buildings that house these works? In the series of posters below, illustrator André Chiote reminds us that many of the world’s great museums are also architectural marvels, celebrating everything from Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Museum to Oscar Niemeyer’s Whitney. Click through for some of our favorite posters from the collection, which we discovered via Fubiz, and visit Chiote’s website to see more of his work. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Rodarte’s ‘Fra Angelico Collection’ at LACMA

Kate and Laura Mulleavy are a pair of 21st-century alchemists, only they work with textiles instead of base metals (though they’ve been known to work with those, too). The founders of Rodarte are also gifted artists, whose primary medium has them bridging the gap between fine art and fashion. They have work in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with solo shows at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Now, they’ve brought their sister-act to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which has just unveiled its newest addition to the early Italian Renaissance wing of the museum: Rodarte’s Fra Angelico Collection, a series of nine flowing gowns that look like they could exist as part of a 15th-century fresco, just as easily as they could be worn on a red carpet. … Read More

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Jason Reitman to Direct a Celebrity Reading of ‘The Breakfast Club’

This Thursday Film Independent and LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) launches their new Film Independent at LACMA series, which brings together filmmakers, artists, and more for a series of special guest-curated programs — ” … presenting cinema in an artistic and historical context.” The latest program will host Jason Reitman who will direct a live reading of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. The Juno director recently announced on Twitter that Patton Oswalt would be taking on the role of Brian Johnson, Anthony Michael Hall’s character who had a penchant for flare guns. The Office’s Mindy Kaling takes on the curiously quiet Allison, while Spider-Man 2 star J.K. Simmons will read the part of school janitor (and blackmailer) Carl. Reitman is expected to announce other cast members this week, but for now the rest remain a mystery. The event will be a really cool opportunity to see Hughes’ beloved 1985 classic in a new light and performed more spontaneously. Visit the official event site for further details, and click through to head back to high school detention. … Read More

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LACMA Plans to Create a Film Museum

Good news for film history lovers! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the group responsible for the Oscars) has struck up a deal with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to create a film museum in its newest building, a former May Company store now known as “LACMA West.” While… Read More

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Is John Baldessari’s iPhone App the Future of Art?

From June 27 through September 12, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is exhibiting a retrospective for American conceptual artist and painter John Baldessari titled Pure Beauty. The show features more than 150 works from 1962 to the present day. While the exhibit highlights the past, there is also a focus on the future. Corresponding with the show, Baldessari has teamed up with a design team to create an app for both iPhones and iPads. Some are calling the app, In Still Life 2001-2010, the first ever to be created by a contemporary artist. The program allows users to interact, tamper with, and ultimately recreate Abraham van Beyeren’s Banquet Still Life from 1667 by rearranging 38 items however they please. … Read More

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Digitally Remix LACMA’s Art Collection

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a reputation for being digital-savvy. Earlier this year, it was one of the first museums to bring exhibition catalogues online, beginning with out-of-print titles and moving on to include current material. Its blog, Unframed, is considered one the best museum blogs around; and now, in a move sparked by listening to what its audience wanted (“more images”), LACMA has launched a new all-collection landing page with an interesting “remix” option. … Read More

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