Wednesday is opening day for the Perez Art Museum Miami -- timed to take advantage of Miami's annual moment as the center of the international art universe, the Art Basel Miami Beach fair that will open Thursday, bringing hordes of collectors and gawkers.
The $131-million waterfront building beside Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami was designed by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. Its double-thick windows reportedly are designed to withstand hurricane winds of up to 150 miles per hour.
The headlining show for its kickoff is "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" -- an exhibition that...
By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
Fourteen new paintings by Dianna Molzan look at the proliferation of Conceptual abstraction in recent years with a playfully jaundiced -- and refreshingly irreverent -- eye. It's just what's needed to inject life into the familiar genre.
An untitled work of modest size (24 by 18 inches) in her ingratiating show at Overduin and Kite is emblematic. The seemingly simple, finally complex composition is constructed from mosaic planes. Interlocking wedges of brushy red, blue, green and gold are interspersed with patches of white.
The colors register with the slightly metallic grate of an old...
The bad news for the Detroit Institute of Arts today is that a bankruptcy judge has authorized the city that owns the museum to declare bankruptcy, giving its creditors a legal forum for insisting that the most valuable masterpieces from the DIA's admired collection be sold to help pay the city's debts.
The good news is that, in clearing the way Tuesday for a Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing, the judge made a point of questioning whether it makes any sense to sell the art.
Noting the proposal that the DIA's walls be stripped of their most admired paintings to help pay off $18 billion in municipal...
Classical music buffs certainly have heard Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but we suspect they’ve never heard them sing. Next June, the 2014 Ojai Music Festival will give them the chance.
The three great composers are among the characters in a new comic opera, “The Classical Style,” that will have its premiere on June 13, the second night of the four-day annual festival. They won’t be singing their own stuff, but music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky.
The librettist putting words in their mouths is Jeremy Denk, the pianist and recent MacArthur Foundation...
If you had to guess what kind of play "How to Be a Rock Critic" might be from its title alone, precedent would strongly suggest some kind of comic-absurdist romp.
After all, it's not unusual for scoffing to be on the agenda when critics turn up as characters in plays or songs, or in the comments of people who write plays and songs.
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture" is musician-comic Martin Mull's oft-quoted bid to defang reviewers. In "Waiting for Godot," Samuel Beckett deploys a shouted accusation — "Critic!" — as the insult-to-beat-all-insults. Audiences...
NEW YORK — Playwright Rick Elice calls the memorabilia-filled study in his Upper West Side apartment "the garage."
It's a good term for the workshop of a self-described workaholic whose method is a combination of technical rigor, restless imagination and playful tinkering.
At one end of the study is a long table piled with folders and books, each one representing a current or future project and demonstrating the exponential increase in offers he attributes to the success of "Peter and the Starcatcher," his dramatic adaptation of the Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson young adult novel.
Ai Weiwei is an artist who knows a thing or two about doing time in jail. Next year the activist Beijing artist will exhibit a series of new installations at Alcatraz, the former island prison in San Francisco Bay.
The project, which was officially announced on Tuesday, will feature artwork located at four sites around the island. The exhibition will have new sculpture, sound and multimedia works that address subjects including activism, incarceration and freedom of speech, according to organizers.
"Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" is scheduled to run Sept. 27, 2014, to April 26, 2015. The show is being...
The Huntington in San Marino is receiving a loan of a rarely seen 15th century painting depicting Christ that was created by Flemish Renaissance artist Hans Memling. The painting, which was recently acquired by Lynda and Stewart Resnick, is scheduled to go on display Dec. 13, said the Huntington.
"Christ Blessing," which dates from circa 1480 to 1485, will be displayed as part of two Memling portraits of Christ in the current exhibition "Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting." The other portrait is from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
“In the Heights” is currently irradiating Casa 0101, where it fits as felicitously as cinnamon in café con leche. This galvanic chamber edition of the 2008 Tony winner about the denizens of a Washington Heights barrio has enough heartfelt energy to alleviate a citywide power outage.
That registers at the outset, as bodega-owning hero Uznavi (an assured Michael Torrenueva) launches the infectious title number and gets our toes tapping. His full-voiced neighbors join in, leaving the house ablaze.
The Bolshoi Ballet dancer accused of organizing an acid attack on the company's artistic director in January has been found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison. The decision, handed down Tuesday in a Moscow court, capped a lurid courtroom drama that exposed internal corruption in the storied ballet company.
Pavel Dmitrichenko had been accused of masterminding the assault on Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin in January. The acid attack left Filin with severe facial burns and damage to his eyesight. Prosecutors had sought a 10-year sentence for Dmitrichenko.
By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The surprise restitution last week of a major Baroque masterpiece looted by the Nazis in 1944 was a stunning finale to a remarkable story. Missing for more than six decades, the bravura painting "Saint Catherine of Alexandria" by Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644) had been tied up in Italian courts for almost five years.
But the sudden return to its rightful owner in Los Angeles also raised a provocative question. The extensive art collection in Florence, Italy, from which the painting had been stolen included 15 canvases by Paul Cézanne, the celebrated French Post-Impressionist commonly regarded as...
Laure Prouvost, a French-born artist who specializes in filmed installations, is the winner of the Turner Prize, one of the highest honors in the visual arts.
The annual award, which recognizes artists under 50 who were born in or are currently working in Britain, was presented on Monday by actress Saoirse Ronan at a ceremony in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
The other nominees for the 2013 Turner Prize were Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Prouvost was considered a long shot for the award, with Sehgal having been expected by many to win.