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Curator Leah Lehmbeck has been associated with the Norton Simon Museum for the last five years and was responsible for 2011's incisive-yet-panoramic "Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California" survey — the museum's smashing entry in...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Sculpture, Arts
"Masterpiece Theatre" has nothing on the real-life, rags-to-riches saga that led to the founding of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. This singularly American story of an extraordinary family dynasty...
The young contemporary Japanese artists whose work is most often put before us are typically splashy and bold. Recall last year's Pacific Asia Museum show of graphic works by Gaijin Fujita, with its exploding color and colliding imagery. The new PAM...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Arts, Asia
Pasadena is home to many museums. As a matter of fact, it probably boasts more museums per capita than any other local city of its size. Not all of them are as high-profile as, say, the Norton Simon. For instance, unless you're looking for the...
Hey, kids. How about a little world-class art with your ABCs? Just in time for the holidays, the Norton Simon Museum has published its first-ever children's book: “Picturing the ABCs at the Norton Simon Museum,” featuring an eclectic and...
It was a particularly lively reception Thursday evening at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. More than 600 people -- local curators and artists, media and museum members, many nibbling on bread sticks and sipping wine -- gathered to welcome a most...
On the Town: Fezziwig's Festive Holiday Tea at A Noise Within, Pasadena Museum of California Art celebrates the holidaysThe invitation was titled Fezziwig's Festive Holiday Tea at A Noise Within. In smaller type was the announcement of a post-tea, matinee performance of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol.” Both events could be had for $300, representing one of...
If you caught LACMA's great California design retrospective last year, “Living in a Modern Way,” you came away with the idea that Southern California was the tip of the post-World War II modernist spear. Along with the familiar names of...
Tags: Artists, Walnuts, Architecture, World War II (1939-1945), IKEA
Nobody makes fine art engravings anymore. When the medium was prevalent, the late master Paul Landacre (1893-1963) was special and singular. The Pasadena Museum of California Art has a new show of Landacre's work from the 1930s and '40s that while...
Tags: Artists, Whole Foods Market, Arts and Culture, Arts
The art of generating buzz about local cultural institutions reaches a high point this month as both Pasadena and South Pasadena host free events that bring art to the masses, feet to the streets and business to local merchants. Pasadena hosts its twice-...
Right now, the most famous Van Gogh painting in a California museum happens to be one of his sunniest: The Getty owns an exuberant field of irises that the artist painted in 1889 as a sort of postcard for his arrival at a bucolic-looking asylum in Saint...
A visit to the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena proves that the cultural divide between a one-time teenage graffiti artist from East Los Angeles and a 19th century Japanese woodblock print master is narrower than you might think. Separate exhibitions of...
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