Joseph Grigely Lecture at the MCA

December 1, 2008 · Print This Article

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Tomorrow, Tuesday December 2nd, Joseph Grigely will be giving an lecture at the MCA. The lecture starts at 6pm and will be held in the MCA Theater and is $8 for members ans $10 for non members.

via the MCA

“In his artist talk, he will discuss historical issues related to the visual representation of conversation. Grigely teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). A traveling exhibition of his work, St. Cecilia, is on view at the MCA through February 22, 2009.”

Mary Boone on Bloomberg

November 30, 2008 · Print This Article

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The well tanned Mary Boone discusses galleries, collectors, and her involvement with Young at Art on Bloomberg.

Check out the video here

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2008 · Print This Article

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design: related has posted some vinatge photographs of the Macy’s Day Parade. Enjoy.

Art News 11.26

November 26, 2008 · Print This Article

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Been a little behind…

Minnesota’s Museum of American Art to Close

via Tim Harlow and Mary Abbe for the Star Tribune

“The Minnesota Museum of American Art in downtown St. Paul plans to box up its collection and temporarily close in January after years of financial and leadership trouble. Its board president, David Kelly, a Minneapolis lawyer, said the institution hopes eventually to reopen in a new location, although it has not identified a potential site or raised any money.

The museum has posted operating deficits in each of the past three years. Its longtime director, Bruce Lilly, resigned in July and has not been replaced.

The museum, which displays works by Minnesota and American artists, will temporarily cease operations when its current exhibition, “Hot Ink: Comic Art in Minnesota,” ends Jan. 4, said Kelly.”

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Murakami to Open an animation studio in L.A.

via Suzanne Muchnic for the Los Angeles Times

“Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, whose giant Buddha, bug-eyed monsters and magical mushrooms packed in huge crowds last year at the Museum of Contemporary Art, is putting down roots in Los Angeles. A multifaceted artist who embraces painting and sculpture, film and mass-produced goods as part of a single enterprise, he is planning to open an animation studio here next summer.

Often called Japan’s Andy Warhol and headquartered in Tokyo, Murakami already has a studio in New York. But he has decided that Hollywood is the place to expand his filmmaking capabilities. The new studio will operate under the umbrella of Kaikai Kiki, his production and artist-management company.”

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MOCA Recap

November 24, 2008 · Print This Article

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Last week I reblogged that LA’s MOCA was having some serious financial problems. Here is a brief recap of last week’s events.

Following the report of MOCA’s woes Jeremy Strick sent an e -letter in response to the report. In the LA Time’s post a reader points out that MOCA’s 990 statement posted to Guidstar.com shows that Strick not only makes about half a million a year but also that the institution has loaned him about another half mill for a house. The comments are totally worth checking out.

On the 20th art critic Christopher Knight asked the two questions: “Are you freakin’ kidding me? What on Earth do you think you’re doing?”

Then it looked as if MOCA had been looking to LACMA for a bailout.

On Friday Eli Broad, who was a founding chairman for MOCA, had announced that he would be willing to help them out with a $30 million donation if other people would also help.

There have been a lot of good discussions going on Culture Monster’s (not to be confused with C-Monster) posts this past week. Many readers have been blaming the museum’s lack of publicity and what some have claimed to be too high of salaries for it’s directors. In the past 5 years or so MOCA has had some really big shows. They had the Warhol Retrospective in 2002, the Basquiat retro in 2005, Masters of American Comics in 2005, WACK in 2007, and Murakami’s huge show this past summer, all of which were packed when I saw them (I am from LA). Maybe they do not have as many visitors as the Art Institute but I’m sure their attendance rate is not hurting so bad, maybe I’m wrong. It just seems that all of this comes down to horrible financial planning and poor fundraising. If Broad does help them out, what is MOCA going to do to make sure this doesn’t happen again?