Author: Rainey Knudson


Looking in the Mirror: Old Rock / New Art Affinities

  Art imitates nature. – Aristotle     It is a truth universally acknowledged, that nothing in the universe is original. Great art is not original. You couldn’t come up with something unrecognizable even if you tried, no matter what Barnett Newman says, because we are nature. We are starstuff. We are a way for […]

Looking in the Mirror: Old Rock / New Art Affinities

Jeff Williams wins $30K AMOA-Arthouse Texas Prize

Thickly Settled (detail view), as seen at LA><ART in 2007. Congratulations to Austin-based artist Jeff Williams, winner of this year’s $30,000 Texas Prize!! CA audiences will perhaps be most familiar with Jeff’s dust-encrusted miniblind sculptures from a few years ago (as seen at LA><ART). More recently he created stressed concrete sculptures for a 2011 Artpace residency. […]

Thickly Settled (detail view), as seen at LA>

Preview LA’s first biennial — coming in June!

Just in time to fill the dearth of attention on the LA art scene: the first Los Angeles biennial, organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART, will be presented at the Hammer, LAXART, and the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. Check out this video preview!

Preview LA’s first biennial — coming in June!

Arts for All leader Ayanna Hudson tapped to lead NEA Arts Education

Ayanna Hudson of the L.A. County Arts Commission has been selected as director of arts education for the National Endowment for the Arts. As reported by the LA Times, Hudson will spearhead the Endowment’s efforts to ” impact the lives of millions of youth through the arts.”

Photo via LA Times website. Credit: Gregory Gilmer / L.A. County Arts Commission

LACMA offers 100 works from collection on Google Art Project

LACMA is one of the participating institutions in the Google Art Project, where you can fritter away hours zooming into hi-res images of 100 of their objects for super clarity, just like a conservator puttering around in storage. Don’t expect anything contemporary, though — the most recent artwork they’ve included is Thomas Eakins’ 1899 The […]

Closeup of Thomas Eakins "The Wrestlers" from Google Art Project

Ken Price, 1935 – 2012

Iconic LA sculptor Ken Price, 77, died early today after struggling with tongue and throat cancer for several years. He recently completed preparations for his retrospective, which opens this fall at LACMA and travels to the Nasher Sculpture Center next year. Christopher Knight’s extensive obituary chronicles Price’s early education, his breakout shows at Ferus Gallery […]


Highlights from Art Los Angeles Contemporary

The art-fair-whose-name-nobody-can-remember (a.k.a. “the Barker Hangar fair”; a.k.a. Art Los Angeles Contemporary) is going on this weekend! If you missed the opening, with its lung-searing recreation of a 1968 Judy Chicago dry ice environment, there’s still plenty to see. It’s a manageable fair, size-wise, and for the most part very good. An informal survey of […]

Highlights from Art Los Angeles Contemporary