Category Visual Arts

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The NPG’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition until the 23rd February

By K. Mitchell Snow Laments over the demise of the “traditional” portrait have been penned at least since the days my great-grandfather sat before a camera, head held firmly in a brace to prevent him from moving, in the makeshift studio of an itinerant photographer.  These complaints have come to nothing. Rather than destroy portraiture, […]

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A. Quincy Jones at the Hammer Museum ‘til 8th September

By Richard P. Townsend The domestic architecture of A. Quincy Jones is the quintessence of Postwar Los Angeles, whether innovative tract housing or homes for high living for such luminaries as actor Gary Cooper or art collectors Frances and Sidney Brody. So it is all the more surprising that the excellent exhibition at the Hammer […]

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Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes at the NGA until the 6th October

By K. Mitchell Snow Dance provided the verb that animated the nouns of Serge Diaghilev’s first loves — music and art — and moved him onto the center of the world stage at the beginnings of the twentieth century.  As dance historian Lynn Garafola puts it, Diaghilev “made dance a crossroads of the contemporary.” Diaghilev […]

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Sicily…between Greece and Rome at the Getty Villa until the 19th August

by Richard P. Townsend An unprecedented exhibition looking at ancient Sicily—the crossroads of the Mediterranean—is on view in the perfect venue, the J. Paul Getty Museum ‘s Villa in Malibu, itself a recreation of a product of Southern Italian Antiquity. Go now and see it in Los Angeles, as the turbulence that claimed a number […]