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From Japan, creatures great and small

From Japan, creatures great and small

Zoological gardens “Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art” at LACMA by Bondo Wyszpolski Robert T. Singer was probably put on Earth to shepherd this exhibition into existence. He’s been (good-naturedly, I’m sure) referred to as a zookeeper rather than a curator because of all the Japanese art depicting animals that he’s collected for LACMA […]

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Betye Saar’s clocks are still ticking at 93

Betye Saar’s clocks are still ticking at 93

I’m in Love With the Sad One in the Corner “Betye Saar: Call and Response” on view at LACMA by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s evident that in the L.A. arts community Betye Saar is a living legend. Now 93 years old, Saar’s work is in the permanent collections of over 80 museums. She’s currently being honored […]

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Outsiders in L.A.: Good art, bad art; pretentious writing

Outsiders in L.A.: Good art, bad art; pretentious writing

“Outliers and American Vanguard Art” at LACMA – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski During a curatorial roundtable or colloquium on the subject of black folk art, reprinted in full in the catalog that accompanies “Outliers and American Vanguard Art,” Katherine Jentleson makes an important point: “Not to diminish the role curators must play in being […]

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You’ll be seeing double at LACMA

You’ll be seeing double at LACMA

One Step Beyond “3D: Double Vision” at LACMA by Bondo Wyszpolski When your parents were young, a show like this would have been described with just one word: trippy. But let’s add another few hundred words and flesh it out, shall we? “3D: Double Vision,” curated by Britt Salvesen, is apparently the first-ever survey of […]

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Fright night: Guillermo del Toro at LACMA

Before They Run Amok! “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters” on view at LACMA by Bondo Wyszpolski I’m not sure how this happened, but a few years ago the Hollywood film industry received a mighty boost from three superb Mexican filmmakers, all born in the early 1960s: Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”), Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Birdman,” […]

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Pushing Over the Fence: Two Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibitions

Photographer Mapplethorpe is feted at the Getty and LACMA by Bondo Wyszpolski We have celebrated or embraced a number of distinguished photographers in recent years, from Walker Evans and W. Eugene Smith to Sebastião Salgado and Josef Koudelka. But no one seems to have received more attention than Robert Mapplethorpe, who has been given the […]