Los Angeles, 16 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The actor, musician and collector Steve Martin, is preparing to co-organise an exhibition of works by Canadian artist Lawren Harris, to take place in the autumn of 2015 at UCLA’s Hammer Museum.
Commenting on the project, however, a spokesperson from the Los Angeles-based institution said: “is is in the very early stages of planning… we don’t have any other details at this time”.
Born in Ontario in 1885, Lawren Stewart Harris was an important painter who specialised in landscapes, often taking a non-realist approach to the way he presented his subjects. Considered as an insipration to other artists, and credited with offering a new perspective upon the pictorial representation of North Canada’s landscape, he was also a member of the Group of Seven. He died in Vancouver in 1970.
Los Angeles, 21 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 26 January until 18 May 2014, Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum is to present an exhibition entitled “Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914″. The exhibition, featuring 100 works, is intended as a multifaceted portrayal of women in Paris at the turn of the century.
The show’s title highlights the wide range of roles which women played at the time; from the feathered hats and corsets of the rich upper classes to the dirty syringes of society’s poorest. Prints, paintings, menus, rare books and theatre programmes are all to be on display for the occasion, in order to offer a complete overview of women in society at the time.
Los Angeles, 17 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Hammer Museum has announced that it is cutting its entry fee, offering free entry to the public as of 2014.
This new free admission policy has been made possible thanks to grants made by two donators: Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter. Glazer has been a museum board member since 2009, and Potter is the fine art commissioner for the city of Beverly Hills. The museums’s director Annie Philbin, confirms that the museum’s team have been working towards a free entry policy for several years, adding: “Our public programs have always been free and now with Brenda and Erika’s support we are finally able to provide open access to all of the Hammer’s offerings.”
Los Angeles, 17 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Anthony Pritzker has made a donation of $2 million to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The sum is to finance an educational programme for young children.
Pritzker, who is on a member of the board of the museum, made the donation with his wife, through their family foundation. Commenting on the donation, Ann Philbin, Director of the museum, explains that the institution has traditionally focused on university education, due to its partnership with UCLA, University of Calfornia, Los Angeles. Recently, however, the Hammer has also started to direct its attention to younger students, particularly those from disadvantage backgrounds.
Thanks to the donation from Pritzker, younger students are to be able to participate in educational programmes both in the arts and other fields.
New York, 3 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The New Museum in New York is currently hosting a retrospective on artist Llyn Foulkes, featuring 100 pieces created over 50 years.
Foulkes has a varied corpus which features constructions, painted landscapes, portraits and narrative paintings, assembled using recovered materials. He is known for his unique and continually evolving approach.
Llyn Foulkes was born in Yakima, Washington, in 1934. After two years of military service in postwar Germany, he studied at the University of Washington before moving to Los Angeles to attend the Chouinard Art Institute in 1957. His first solo exhibition was held at the Pasadena Museum of Art in 1962, and featured 92 works depicting the scenes he had witnessed whilst in the army. Other major exhibitions include: the Whitney Museum, New York (1967); the Ninth São Paulo Biennial (1967); the Paris Biennale (1967); the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1978); the Laguna Art Museum (1995); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1992); and Documenta 13 (2012). He received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in 2008, and the Artist’s Legacy Foundation Award in 2009.
The exhibition is organised by the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and it is curated by Ali Subotnick and assistant curator Margot Norton. When it closes in New York, it will travel to the Museum Kurhaus Kleve in Germany. It was formerly on display at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where it closed on 19 May.
Los Angeles, 13 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 15 June to 1 September 2013, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, is to present a retrospective of sculptures and paintings by American artist Richard Artschwager (1923- 9 February 2013).
The exhibition moves from its original location at the Whitney Museum, New York, where it closed in February, just six days before the artist’s death. Entitled ‘Richard Artschwager!’, the show has become an unintentional memorial to the artist and his works.
Artschwager initially worked as a carpenter, but rose to prominence as an artist when Leo Castelli began to show his work in the 1960s. He is known for his unique practice, which has seen him variously categorised as a member of pop, minimalist and conceptual movements. Artschwager once stated: “Sculpture is for the touch, painting is for the eye. I wanted to make sculpture for the eye and painting for the touch.”
The exhibition at the Hammer is curated by Anne Ellegood, who stated: “I think artists are really going to love this show. I think of LA as a sculpture town, and Artschwager is such an interesting sculptor”. During the show, Ellegood hopes to install some of Artschwager’s signature ‘blps’ across Los Angeles.
After being shown at the Hammer, the exhibition is to travel to the Haus der Kunst, Munich, and the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.
Los Angeles, 21 May 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
According to Carol Vogel’s statement for the New York Times, Connie Butler was appointed Head Curator of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
She will replace Douglas Fogle, who left the museum last year. This appointment will be effective as of July 2013. Currently Connie Butler is the Drawing Department’s Head Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In his new post, Butler will coordinate all the departments along with their events and develop the museum’s collection of contemporary art.
Lastly, Aram Moshayedi was appointed as the Hammer Museum’s curator. He is currently a partner curator at the REDCAT. He will officially take office in July 2013.
Los Angeles, 20 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Los Angele’s Hammer Museum announced that Botswana-born, Los Angeles-based artist Meleko Mokgosi will receive the $100,000 Mohn Award based on the results of a public vote conducted both online and at the museum.
Following the selection of five finalists, from the 60 artists participating in the Museum’s “Made in LA” biennial, by a panel of judges, the public was asked to choose a winner for the prestigious prize which rivals the Turner Prize in the UK.
The award is funded by local philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn.
The artist’s installation in the biennial Pax Kaffraria: Sikhuselo embumbulu, 2012, is part of a larger series inspired by resistance efforts in post-colonial Africa and features the Xhosa (South African language) term “bulletproof” in its title. Referencing the cattle killing movement of 1856-57, which was based on a “prophecy meant to bring about a new earthly paradise and destroy the white colonists”, The Art Newspaper reports, “the series of paintings frames the historic event and considers a legacy of resistance that continues today—namely, the persistent drive to become bulletproof.”
The “Made in LA” 2012 biennial will be on view until 2 September.
Los Angeles, 4 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Douglas Fogle, chief curator at Hammer Museum, presents an exhibition combining the work of photographer and painter Ed Ruscha with that of writer Jack Kerouac. “Ed Ruscha: On the Road” will be running until 2 October 2011.
The exhibition engages with the American landscapes and expanses described by Jack Kerouac and depicted by Ed Ruscha. Kerouac is considered the emblematic figure of the Beat Generation, a literary and artistic movement which has been a source of inspiration for Ed Ruscha. The artist contributed to the 2009 re-edition of On the Road, supported by Gagosian Gallery and publishing house Steidl. The photographs that supplement the book were taken, selected and assembled by Ed Ruscha himself.
Douglas Fogle wanted to draw the link between Kerouac’s words and for this reason, some of Ruscha’s images have been printed specially for the event.
The exhibition clearly reminds of “Ed Ruscha: Road Tested” hosted at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, which explored the artist’s fascination for cars via his own paintings, photos, drawings and films. Michael Auping, who curated the show, declared that Ruscha’s work has always been linked to travelling.