“With All My Love for the Tulips, I Pray Forever” (2011) is an expansive, walk-in installation piece with full-surround floor-to-ceiling architectural treatments and large-scale sculptural objects — potted tulips, to be precise.
A new-ish trend merges the museum shop genre with the taste for pop-up collections, guest-star makers, hyper-local labels, and sustainable, progressive artisanal goods chosen and in some cases commissioned in response to the venue’s programming.
“To experience 3-D,” reads the museum wall expository text, “is to engage with questions about the nature of perception, the allure of illusionism, and our relationship with the technologies that create such hyper-realistic images.” But no matter how high-concept and allegorical the idea of illusion can get, at heart 3-D art is still primarily spectacular, wow-inducing fun. As with all the best historical institutional surveys, LACMA’s “3-D: Double Vision” covers all the bases.
In large part the success of the show in merging art history, technological scholarship and popular appeal is a reflection of the curator’s own interests converging. An acclaimed art historian and experienced curator, Britt Salvesen, department head and curator of both the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography and the Prints & Drawings department since October 2009, organized the show. The fervor of her scholarship and her personal, fun-loving passion for this genre are equally contagious.
Juxtaposing vintage equipment from science and industry, fine and popular art, and film, "3-D: Double Vision" is the first American survey of this realm, and its scale is deep and broad, with images and objects dating from 1838 to the present day. There are works of lenticular and holographic printing, which can create the effects without special glasses, and examples of the ways in which contemporary artists use digital technology and make deliberate throwbacks to its early handmade iterations, to better explore this perennially popular genre.
Art aficionados will appreciate engaging works such as analog avant-garde fidget-spinners from Marcel Duchamp, a hand-drawn film by William Kentridge, illusionistic text-based wall works from Ed Ruscha, lunar compositions by Thomas Ruff, performance-based photography by Mariko Mori and 3-D wallpaper by Peggy Weil. But the 3-D pictures from the 19th century featuring scenes from the Civil War and European landmarks are wondrous in their own right.
“3-D: Double Vision” is on view at LACMA through March 31.
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; (323) 857-6010, lacma.org; Mon., Tue., Thu., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.. $25, $20 L.A. County residents; free every Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m.-close.
Save the dates for these special related events:
Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 .p.m.: Artist Tristan Duke talks about his hand-drawn holograms during a walk-through of the exhibition, followed by a hands-on demonstration in the Study Center for Photography and Works on Paper. Free with museum admission.
Saturday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.-midnight: LACMA’s annual Muse ’til Midnight party for younger members takes its theme from the exhibition. $30, members $20.
What makes a sculpture with words on it different from a sculpture made from a book? What distinguishes a painting with text on it from a painting on printed paper? Currently on view at the Getty Research Institute (GRI), "Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists" raises these types of questions and more.
Something incredible is unfolding at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax. Through the force of dollar signs, and the indomitable will of Hollywood’s glitterati, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is taking shape, glistening in the Los Angeles sun like an Oscar of immense proportions.
The Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum in Burbank played host to an art event saluting Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water on Saturday, July 14. This special art event, introduced by Vampira herself, was curated by the Mystic Museum, Jonny Coffin, Micheline Pitt and Gary Deocampo, and the film's star, Doug Jones, was in attendance. The event featured 60 artists displaying spellbinding Vampira tribute art honoring the retro Queen of Horror as well as abstract pieces inspired by The Shape of Water.
The show was a huge success and the room was filled to capacity. The line to enter was stretched out along the side of the venue. Guests were allowed to enter once space was available and, happy to say, everyone got in. Guests were offered hors d'oeuvres and drinks as they awaited their photo ops with Vampira (Heather Rae) throughout the evening. There was so much to see. Original jewelry, drawings and notes from Vampira also were on display.
Official Vampire and gothic glamour company La Femme en Noir unveiled the Vampira Show Gown, with model Heather Rae wearing a re-creation of the original Vampira dress from 1954.
The show will remain on display through the month of August if you'd like to see it for yourself, at the Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum.