ICA LA Director Elsa Longhauser to step down: ‘Time for a new generation to make their voices heard’

Elsa Longhauser, who led the transformation of the Santa Monica Museum of Art into the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, will step down as director in mid-2019, the ICA LA board announced on Thursday. “I just think it’s the right moment t…

Elsa Longhauser, who led the transformation of the Santa Monica Museum of Art into the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, will step down as director in mid-2019, the ICA LA board announced on Thursday.

“I just think it’s the right moment to pass the leadership to the next generation,”...

Hammer Museum goes to France for part of its ‘Made in L.A. 2020’ curatorial team

Paris-based writer and curator Myriam Ben Salah and Los Angeles artist, curator and graphic designer Lauren Mackler, founder of the nomadic art space Public Fiction, will steer the museum’s next biennial.

Paris-based writer and curator Myriam Ben Salah and Los Angeles artist, curator and graphic designer Lauren Mackler, founder of the nomadic art space Public Fiction, will steer the museum's next biennial.

Getty loses in Italy’s Supreme Court. What does that really mean for the museum’s prized ‘Victorious Youth’?

Italy’s version of the Supreme Court has ruled that one of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s most prized antiquities — the 2,000-plus-year-old Greek artwork known as “Statue of a Victorious Youth,” or the Getty bronze — should be repatriated back to Italy…

Italy’s version of the Supreme Court has ruled that one of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s most prized antiquities — the 2,000-plus-year-old Greek artwork known as “Statue of a Victorious Youth,” or the Getty bronze — should be repatriated back to Italy. The Getty’s response: No.

“We will continue to...

Getty loses in Italy’s Supreme Court. What does that really mean for the museum’s prized ‘Victorious Youth’?

Italy’s version of the Supreme Court has ruled that one of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s most prized antiquities — the 2,000-plus-year-old Greek artwork known as “Statue of a Victorious Youth,” or the Getty bronze — should be repatriated back to Italy…

Italy’s version of the Supreme Court has ruled that one of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s most prized antiquities — the 2,000-plus-year-old Greek artwork known as “Statue of a Victorious Youth,” or the Getty bronze — should be repatriated back to Italy. The Getty’s response: No.

“We will continue to...

David Hockney’s $90.3-million pool painting obliterates auction record for work by a living artist

When the hammer came down at Christie’s in New York on Thursday evening, it made more of a splash than a bang. David Hockney’s 1972 painting “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” had gone for just over $90 million, an auction sale record …

When the hammer came down at Christie's in New York on Thursday evening, it made more of a splash than a bang.

David Hockney’s 1972 painting “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” had gone for just over $90 million, an auction sale record for a living artist.

Until now, Jeff Koons’ steel...

David Hockney’s $90.3-million pool painting obliterates auction record for work by a living artist

When the hammer came down at Christie’s in New York on Thursday evening, it made more of a splash than a bang. David Hockney’s 1972 painting “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” had gone for just over $90 million, an auction sale record …

When the hammer came down at Christie's in New York on Thursday evening, it made more of a splash than a bang.

David Hockney’s 1972 painting “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” had gone for just over $90 million, an auction sale record for a living artist.

Until now, Jeff Koons’ steel...

Reporter’s Notebook: How I discovered I was living with an alien ‘Invader’

It had been living right under my nose for nearly a decade and I’d had no idea. The anonymous French street artist Invader is known for, among other things, being prolific. He travels the globe, surreptitiously blanketing cities with his colorful, …

It had been living right under my nose for nearly a decade and I’d had no idea.

The anonymous French street artist Invader is known for, among other things, being prolific. He travels the globe, surreptitiously blanketing cities with his colorful, pixilated mosaics, often featuring a version of...

Test your street art IQ: Invader lands in L.A. Can you find him?

Prepare for the invasion. The anonymous French street artist known as “Invader” has landed in L.A. — again — and he’s armed with a bucket of cement. Since 1999, Invader has made nine trips to L.A. (this is his 10th), each time installing his colorf…

Prepare for the invasion.

The anonymous French street artist known as “Invader” has landed in L.A. — again — and he’s armed with a bucket of cement.

Since 1999, Invader has made nine trips to L.A. (this is his 10th), each time installing his colorful mosaics featuring pixilated versions of the...

French street artist Invader heads ‘into the white cube’ for a solo show — and into the streets for a new L.A. ‘invasion’

Anonymous French street artist Invader is offering a rare, in-person interview about the debut of his first canvas works at the gallery Over the Influence – his first L.A. solo show since 2005.

Anonymous French street artist Invader is offering a rare, in-person interview about the debut of his first canvas works at the gallery Over the Influence - his first L.A. solo show since 2005.

New MOCA director Klaus Biesenbach embarks on a ‘civic-minded’ mission to steady the museum

It’s been just three weeks since Klaus Biesenbach took the reins at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, and the new director is still settling into his Grand Avenue office. It’s a spare space, with a modest conference table in the center and w…

It’s been just three weeks since Klaus Biesenbach took the reins at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, and the new director is still settling into his Grand Avenue office. It’s a spare space, with a modest conference table in the center and wrinkled maps of L.A. laid out on the plush, gray...

For its 30th birthday, 18th Street Arts Center is throwing an immersive, live performance smashup

In 1984, L.A.-based performance artist Susanna Bixby Dakin ran for president of the United States against Ronald Reagan. She gave the campaign her all, traveling around the country giving speeches, posting lawn signs and running TV ads. Her campaig…

In 1984, L.A.-based performance artist Susanna Bixby Dakin ran for president of the United States against Ronald Reagan. She gave the campaign her all, traveling around the country giving speeches, posting lawn signs and running TV ads.

Her campaign slogan? “An Artist for President. The nation...

A chameleonic Cate Blanchett materializes in Julian Rosefeldt’s ‘Manifesto’ at Hauser & Wirth gallery

More than a dozen Cate Blanchetts have shown up for our interview today. One, in a crisp blazer and stick-straight hair, is all business; another, wearing a draped turban and dark plum lipstick, is downright demanding; yet another, in a soft floral…

More than a dozen Cate Blanchetts have shown up for our interview today. One, in a crisp blazer and stick-straight hair, is all business; another, wearing a draped turban and dark plum lipstick, is downright demanding; yet another, in a soft floral blouse and glasses, is contemplative, pious-seeming;...

Robbie Conal’s ‘Cabinet of Horrors’ is a funny, freaky portrait of Trump’s inner circle

Perhaps you’ve seen the posters around town. Wheatpasted on a graffitied mall directory in Little Tokyo, there’s a finger-pointing Donald Trump with heavy bags under his eyes and mouth twisted into a grotesque roar above the text “Bully Culprit.” O…

Perhaps you’ve seen the posters around town. Wheatpasted on a graffitied mall directory in Little Tokyo, there’s a finger-pointing Donald Trump with heavy bags under his eyes and mouth twisted into a grotesque roar above the text “Bully Culprit.” On a Silver Lake utility box, a blubbery-faced,...

MacArthur fellow Vijay Gupta is sparking change on skid row with his Street Symphony

Vijay Gupta has left his violin at home today. Instead, the L.A. Philharmonic musician and social justice advocate — whose nonprofit Street Symphony has been performing free concerts for Los Angeles’ homeless community and in county jails since 201…

Vijay Gupta has left his violin at home today.

Instead, the L.A. Philharmonic musician and social justice advocate — whose nonprofit Street Symphony has been performing free concerts for Los Angeles’ homeless community and in county jails since 2011 — strolls the trash-strewn, tent-studded sidewalks...

Tony Berlant’s latest exhibition is an explosion of color and texture

Tony Berlant has been a busy man lately. The 77-year-old artist, a crucial influence in the West Coast Pop Art Movement of the 1960s, recently debuted a solo exhibition of new work at Kohn Gallery in Hollywood — and after six decades of making art,…

Tony Berlant has been a busy man lately. The 77-year-old artist, a crucial influence in the West Coast Pop Art Movement of the 1960s, recently debuted a solo exhibition of new work at Kohn Gallery in Hollywood — and after six decades of making art, “Fast Forward” may be his most energetic show...

Sky is the limit for the ‘Notorious RBG,’ and she keeps on pressin’ on

First, there was the Tumblr site featuring snippets of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissenting opinions and “RBG Y’ALL” T-shirts. The site dubbed the Supreme Court Justice “Notorious RBG,” a nod to the late rapper Biggie Smalls, a.k.a the Notorious B.I.G….

First, there was the Tumblr site featuring snippets of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissenting opinions and “RBG Y’ALL” T-shirts. The site dubbed the Supreme Court Justice “Notorious RBG,” a nod to the late rapper Biggie Smalls, a.k.a the Notorious B.I.G. Then came the book of the same name, followed...

Banksy renames his shredded ‘Girl With Balloon’; winning bidder will go through with her $1.4 million purchase

It’s official: Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” is now a new piece of performative art. The fate of Banksy’s 2006 spray-paint work has been uncertain since the U.K. street artist’s stunt last Friday at a Sotheby’s auction in London. After selling for $…

It’s official: Banksy’s "Girl With Balloon” is now a new piece of performative art.

The fate of Banksy’s 2006 spray-paint work has been uncertain since the U.K. street artist’s stunt last Friday at a Sotheby’s auction in London. After selling for $1.4 million, the painting suddenly slipped through...

Banksy renames his shredded ‘Girl With Balloon’; winning bidder will go through with her $1.4 million purchase

It’s official: Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” is now a new piece of performative art. The fate of Banksy’s 2006 spray-paint work has been uncertain since the U.K. street artist’s stunt last Friday at a Sotheby’s auction in London. After selling for $…

It’s official: Banksy’s "Girl With Balloon” is now a new piece of performative art.

The fate of Banksy’s 2006 spray-paint work has been uncertain since the U.K. street artist’s stunt last Friday at a Sotheby’s auction in London. After selling for $1.4 million, the painting suddenly slipped through...

Getty announces 2018 grants funding architectural conservation worldwide, including projects in Cuba and Lebanon

The Getty Foundation is traversing new ground — quite literally. On Thursday, the Getty announced the recipients of its 2018 Keeping It Modern grants, which provide conservation planning funds to significant 20th century architectural landmarks, in…

The Getty Foundation is traversing new ground — quite literally.

On Thursday, the Getty announced the recipients of its 2018 Keeping It Modern grants, which provide conservation planning funds to significant 20th century architectural landmarks, internationally, $1.7 million in all this year. The...

MOCA board shakes it up; elects new chairwoman, Maria Seferian

The board of trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art announced on Tuesday that it’s shaking up its top leadership. At an Oct. 4 meeting, the board elected its president, Maria Seferian, as new chairwoman, replacing co-chairs Maurice Marciano and…

The board of trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art announced on Tuesday that it’s shaking up its top leadership. At an Oct. 4 meeting, the board elected its president, Maria Seferian, as new chairwoman, replacing co-chairs Maurice Marciano and Lilly Tartikoff Karatz. It also named board member...