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Top 5 VIDEO: April 23, 2015

  Catherine Wagley and Ed Schad round up the notable shows of the week! Or if you don’t want to watch, here’s the list with their comments:   1. Anne Truitt ’62–’63 Matthew Marks Gallery 1062 North Orange Grove Los Angeles, CA 90046 “Every artist I know is just head over heels about Anne Truitt’s […]

Top 5 VIDEO: April 23, 2015

“I take full responsibility for ‘Scary Lucy,'” says Artist

Scary Lucy, Zombie Lucy, Monster Lucy. Whatever you call her, you won’t be calling her that for long. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dave Poulin, the artist responsible for one of the most unintentionally terrifying and hilarious artistic gaffs since Beast Jesus, has apologized and agreed to “fix” his bronze statue of comedy legend Lucille […]

Dave Poulin's sculpture of Lucille Ball in Celoron, NY (via We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue on Facebook)

Museums Join Drive to Save Land Surrounding Heizer’s “City”

  Since 1972, Michael Heizer has been working on his magnum opus “City,” a monumental complex of structures in the Nevada desert that measures a mile and a half by a quarter mile. Composed of concrete and compacted earth, the work’s minimalist, geometric forms share an affinity with sacred pre-Columbian architecture. After more than 40 years, […]

City by Michael Heizer (Photos: Tom Vinetz/© Triple Aught Foundation. via protectbasinandrange.org)

Art Imitates Life: an Interview with Jeff Weiss of Weisslink

Artist Jeff Weiss doesn’t want you on his list. It’s not you; he’s just not interested in acquiring scores of followers, and couldn’t handle scores now anyway. As his list grows, so does the possibility that he may have to alter the format of Weisslink, the “nightly art / email mashup” that he’s sent out […]

Art Imitates Life: an Interview with Jeff Weiss of Weisslink

Hungarian Researcher Watches Cheesy Kids’ Movie, Finds Long-Lost Painting

  When Hollywood takes on stories of looted or missing art, they are inevitably spiced up with action and sex. Consider this year’s The Monuments Men, set in Europe during the last days of WWII, or Entrapment (1999), which prominently featured a catsuit-clad Catherine Zeta-Jones shimmying acrobatically under a laser beam. The reality of recovering […]

Scene from Stuart Little [via  the guardian.com]

Lewis Baltz, New Topographics Photographer, dies at 69

  The photographer Lewis Baltz, one the seminal figures of the New Topographics movement of the 1960s and 70s, died on Sunday. He was 69 years old. Baltz’s straightforward, deadpan images of the American built environment were prime examples of the new wave of American landscape photography. Along with Robert Adams, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel […]

Lewis Baltz, “South Wall, Mazda Motors, 2121 East Main Street, Irvine,” 1974 from “The New Industrial Parks near Irvine, California.” Gelatin silver print (via The Washington Post)

UCSB Starts 1st Undergrad Museum Studies Program in CA

MoMA’s Klaus Biesenbach as UCSB’s Gaucho. Anyone who has studied art history has at one time or another been asked, “What are you going to do with that?” by skeptical family members or friends. The presumption that an art history degree is impractical, that it will give the recipient little professional preparation, goes all the way […]

MoMA's Klaus Biesenbach as the UCSB Gaucho.

Gavlak Going Hollywood

  Onetime Angeleno Sarah Gavlak is returning to LA to open an outpost of her eponymous Palm Beach gallery this June. The second Gavlak will be 5,000 square feet, at 1034 North Highland Avenue and neighboring Hannah Hoffman, Michael Kohn, and Regen Projects. The gallery’s press release is careful to note that they will be […]

Sarah Gavlak at her apartment gallery in 2009 [via NYT]

Baldessari’s Camel is Awesome

  In a post worthy of Fox News, Buzzfeed has worked itself into a lather about a John Baldessari sculpture of a camel contemplating a needle. The sculpture was purchased by the State Department for a cut rate of $400,000, and is earmarked for the US embassy in Islamabad, where, Buzzfeed righteously reports, the  “average […]

John Baldessari, Camel Contemplating a Needle, 2013