LACMA’s modern art collection features strong holdings in German Expressionism and important paintings and sculptures by Picasso, Matisse, Schwitters, and Magritte. Important additions have included David Bright’s bequest of 23 paintings by Picasso, Léger, Miró, Kupka, and others; Robert Halff’s donation of 35 works, including remarkable examples by Miró, Lichtenstein, and Johns; and the recent acquisition of the Janice and Henri Lazarof Collection, with works by Picasso, Giacometti, Brancusi, Leger, Matisse, Braque, Moore, and Hepworth.
Bruce Conner was one of the most important artists of the Beat Generation, a visionary whose work simultaneously epitomizes the aesthetics of his contemporaries and looks forward to the sensibilities of younger generations of artists..
I recently caught a showing of John Logan’s play Red, which first premiered in London in 2009, making its debut on Broadway one year later. The performance focuses on fictional exchanges between artist Mark Rothko and his young assistant in 1958, a year when Rothko accepted a $35,000 commission to paint a number of murals for a new restaurant in New York City…