If you get a chance, the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at LACMA is worth a visit. We spent two hours looking over the show and that was still not enough time.
Here are some of the highlights…
You know, it’s more fun taking pictures when you’re officially not allowed to and there’s a guard watching everyone like a hawk….
Tthis particular piece depicts Martha and Mary Magdalene. According to Google:
The painting shows the Biblical sisters Martha and Mary Magdalene – Martha is in the act of converting Mary her life of pleasure to the life of virtue in Christ. Martha, her face shadowed, leans forward, passionately arguing with Mary, who twirls an orange blossom between her fingers as she holds a mirror, symbolizing the vanity she is about to give up. The power of the image lies in Mary’s face, caught at the moment when conversion begins.
EM was telling me how she had recently purchased a similar Napoleonic-era convex mirror (in the painting).
There was so much to take in. I spent a good 3 hours just admiring not just the art, but the cohesiveness of the show. My favorite pieces on display were created by Lee Bontecou.
This will go down as one of MOCA’s better shows.
LA Times Review: MOCA’s ‘Destroy the Picture’ boldly steps into the void by Christopher Knight
Legendary curator Paul Schimmel opens last art show before leaving MOCA by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
Stopped by Luis de Jesus Gallery to preview Federico Solmi’s latest work, Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth. In addition to the two videos, there was a lot to see. I only took pictures of what I’d consider purchasing.
FEDERICO SOLMI, FEDERICO SOLMI PRESENTS CHINESE DEMOCRACY AND THE LAST DAY ON EARTH (VIDEO FACE), 2012, ACRYLIC, GOLD LEAF ON PAPER MOUNTED ON WOOD PANEL, VIDEO PANEL, 48 X 36 IN.
The other day, I thought I was going to die. and I was fine with that.
Standing in the front row of the viewing area, reserved for press (I’m not press by the way, just rebellious with a sense of VIP entitlement), I witnessed Cai Guo-Qiang simultaneously set off 40,000 bottle rockets off the north side of MOCA Geffen. Prior to showing up, I knew I was in for a treat. What I did not anticipate was that those bottle rockets would fly directly at me! Holy shit was that thing crazy. I thought I would be engulfed in flames.
When I got on the scene, I thought the fire people were being too cautious and that we were situated a bit far from the wall. But really, when it was all said and done, it was just perfect. The most prolific bottle rocket landed right in front of the fence that was protecting us art folks, or the press at least. A legit art souvenir was inches away for the taking! I didn’t take any by the way. Instead, after gathering my bearings, decided I needed a drink and a smoke, and so, met a friend at the Grand Havana Room, my new man cave.