Thiebaud’s 4th solo show at The Crocker since 1951 comes at a propitious time: the museum’s 125th anniversary, the opening of its tripled-in-size exhibition space and the artist’s 90th birthday.
Archives for October 2010
Painting the same scene 54 times over a 6-month period, the artist documented an acutely observed interchange — between raw optical sensations and the mechanism by which they are translated into recognizable forms.
Nobody manufactures chaos like Judy Pfaff. She continuously reinvigorates sculpture by moving it into painterly, theatrical, performative and architectural directions. “Tivoli Gardens” extends this formidable tradition.
Are they magnified views of chemical reactions or a visions of the Earth’s crust from outer space? In Nellie King Solomon’s “beautiful pictures of terrible things” both possibilities appear simultaneously and with equal force.
For nearly a week we roamed: from Santa Monica and Hollywood and from Downtown to Pasadena, Pomona and Claremont. We reveled in the wackiness and tackiness of it all and fought our way through traffic. Our reward: a handful of worthy shows, some of them life-changing.
When it comes to “non-traditional” materials, Vik Muniz is the undisputed king. Factory machinery, spaghetti, dust, peanut butter, sugar, chocolate and auto bodies – he’s used them all them to remake Old Masters. His latest targets: Hiroshige and Hokusai.