Reality Projector

Ólafur Elíasson, Reality Projector, 2018; Installation view at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles; photo © codylee.co
Ólafur Elíasson, Reality Projector, 2018; Installation view at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles; photo © codylee.co

At the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, a massive installation by Ólafur Elíasson creates an immersive experience that, unusually these days, encourages visitors to take their time inside the space.

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Power and Pathos at the Getty Museum

Torso of a Youth, “The Vani Torso,” 200–100 B.C. Bronze, 105 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm; Georgian National Museum, Vani Archaeological Museum-Reserve; Installation view of "Power and Pathos" at the Getty Museum, 2015; photo © codylee.co
Torso of a Youth, “The Vani Torso,” 200–100 BC; bronze, 105 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm; Georgian National Museum, Vani Archaeological Museum-Reserve; Installation view of “Power and Pathos” at the Getty Museum, 2015; photo © codylee.co

During the Hellenistic period – from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC to the establishment of the Roman Empire in 31 BC – Greek power and cultural influence were at their peak throughout the Mediterranean and Macedonia. The vast empire was controlled by dozens of generals and rulers, and a new market for portraits was formed with the development of bronze as a primary artistic medium.

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Summer 2015

Alejandro Diaz, No Shoes, No Shirt, You're Probably Rich, 2012; neon letters, transformer, acrylic panel, 21.25 x 45 inches; edition of 5
Alejandro Diaz, No Shoes, No Shirt, You’re Probably Rich, 2012; neon letters, transformer, acrylic panel, 21.25 x 45 inches; edition of 5

It’s the first day of summer.  Art Basel has concluded (we promise a post soon), but the art world can’t stop won’t stop. There is so much to see, so we outlined our top picks for summer exhibitions.

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Paris Photo Los Angeles Recap

Paris Photo Los Angeles, 2015; image © codylee.co
Paris Photo Los Angeles, 2015; image © codylee.co

We gave an overview of Paris Photo Los Angeles last week in anticipation of its third edition.  The weather was characteristically perfect in LA and the satellite edition of the Paris fair now seems quite established.  News feeds on both coasts were full of Paris Photo Los Angeles for an entire week before early Instagrams began to appear from the Venice Biennale.

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Paris Photo Los Angeles

Paris Photo Los Angeles, 2015 official poster; Skyline Vista, 2014 © Matthew Porter, courtesy Matthew Porter and M+B Gallery
Paris Photo Los Angeles, 2015 official poster; Skyline Vista, 2014 © Matthew Porter, courtesy Matthew Porter and M+B Gallery

Paris Photo Los Angeles returns to Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood from May 1 to 3. In its third edition this year, Paris Photo LA includes 70 galleries with works by 265 artists. Exhibitors come from 17 countries and also include 9 publishers and specialized art book dealers.

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LACMA update

LACMA campus and La Brea Tar Pits. Image credit: Monica Almeida, The New York Times.
LACMA campus and the La Brea Tar Pits alongside Wilshire Boulevard. Photograph by Monica Almeida, The New York Times.

We recently explored LACMA’s new campus plans – codylee.co/lacma.
In short, architect Peter Zumthor has designed a massive new pavilion to replace a dysfunctional set of older buildings. However, officials from the Page Museum identified that Zumthor’s new building could encroach upon and damage the adjacent La Brea Tar Pits, which are an active paleontological research site with important deposits of Ice Age-era fossils.

Today, revised designs show Zumthor’s amoeba-like building sparing the tar pits and instead spreading across Wilshire Boulevard. This is insane bold.

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New Museum in LA: Petersen Automotive Museum

exterior view of the new Petersen Automotive Museum
exterior view of the new Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum first opened in 1994 in a former department store building at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, across the street from LACMA and the forthcoming Academy Museum. It is one of the largest automotive museums in the world with a collection of more than 300 vehicles and other objects relating to the history of automobiles. Last summer, the Petersen announced a capital project to redesign its building to mark its 20th anniversary in 2014.

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