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Five months after a 340-ton rock officially became part of Michael Heizer's massive Levitated Mass sculpture on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, curator Rita ... More >>
This year felt like a year of growing pains for art in Los Angeles. Maybe that's because 2012 started as Pacific Standard Time -- that regionwide, Getty-funded series of exhibitions on SoCal art history -- wound down and the art community shifted attention from past to present. Maybe it's because th ... More >>
"Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974," a historical re-examination of the land art movement that closes Sunday, comes at a perfect time. It provides some thoughtful background information as we indulge in the large-scale public spectacle that is the unveiling of Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass at LA ... More >>
Before you enter the third floor gallery of LACMA's Broad Contemporary, the attendant will say, "No pictures please." In most other galleries, flash-less photography is fine. But this gallery holds work by Michael Heizer, the artist behind the 340-ton rock on the museum's back lot, plus Double Negat ... More >>
By Eve Weston and Zachary Pincus-Roth
At the recent opening of Levitated Mass, better known as the "LACMA Rock," the sculpture was heralded as a new landmark for Los Angeles -- like the Washington Monument in D.C. or the ancient obelisks in Egypt.
Such landmarks are feats of human engineering and ... More >>
"When the rock is installed, will I stand under it and experience its massive weight?" wondered artist Dai Toyofuku, when I spoke with him him back in March. "Will I feel like it might crush me?" The 340-ton granite boulder, soon to be the centerpiece of Michael Heizer's sculpture Levitated Mass, ha ... More >>
This week, a temporary exhibition takes over Mount Wilson Observatory, an artist reflects on Hurricane Katrina and LACMA's Levitated Mass finally opens to the public.
5. The artist and the hurricane
"It is important you trust me enough to follow my thoughts but mistrust me enough to question them," ... More >>
In 1966, Robert Smithson, famous for piling up mud and black basalt in Utah's Great Salt Lake and sculpting it into a 1,500-foot coil called Spiral Jetty, went rock hunting with sculptor Donald Judd. They went in New Jersey, where Smithson was from, and spent an hour chopping away at a lump of lava ... More >>
"You remember the Emperor's New Clothes?" asked B.T. Tuggle, secretary of the Bixby Knolls Kiwanis Club. He set up a table Wednesday on Atlantic Avenue for Rockapalooza, the party Long Beach neighborhood Bixby Knolls threw during the LACMA rock's daylong stay on its main drag. The 340-ton granite bo ... More >>
This week's list includes a tribute, disguise, displacement, hoarder and megalith. It runs the gamut, in other words.
5. Banana face
Urs Fischer likes obstructions and disguises. Better yet are obstructions that double as disguises. For his exhibition at Gagosian in Beverly Hills, he's blown up vin ... More >>
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced Monday it will be implementing rolling (get it?) street closures to accommodate LACMA's Levitated Mass as it crawls through the the busiest corridor of its route at speeds of 5 to 8 miles per hour.
The 340-ton rock is about halfway through an ... More >>
"God made the rock. Man made all this equipment," said a Riverside resident who'd driven to Jurupa Valley, a few miles east of home last night. He and over a hundred others gathered to see a 340-ton granite rock, soon to be part of Levitated Mass, artist Michael Heizer's massive outdoor sculpture at ... More >>
It's only Day Two in the $10 million cross-county journey of the LACMA rock, and already we never want to hear the words "LACMA rock" ever again.
What makes this particular boulder so special is that artist Michael Heizer chose it as the 340-ton centerpiece of his long-time-coming LACMA exhibit, "L ... More >>
The New York Times finally made a correct assumption about Los Angeles today, in the scathing "340-Ton Sculpture Versus Immovable Bureaucracy."
Writer Adam NaGourney blames the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's delay in moving the centerpiece of a new installation from Riverside to its West L.A. c ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshMatzoh ball soup at Mezze.It's almost impossible to find a decent matzoh ball at a restaurant in Los Angeles. Even at the finest delis, the standard matzoh ball is as large as a softball and nearly as hard. Perhaps this could be justified by some complex sociocultural explanation ... More >>
Andrew Rogers: Ancient Language, Atacama Desert 80m x 3m
Australian artist Andrew Rogers has spent the last 13 years bouncing between 13 countries on all seven continents, working with over 6,700 people in all, creating sculptures in deserts, glaciers, gorges, city centers, national parks an ... More >>