Mike Kelley, Mobile Homestead, image courtesy of MOCAD and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
Los Angeles, Calif: HuffPo runs down public art with impact. Number one is Mike Kelley's "Mobile Homestead," which will be stopping by The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles. It's the first trip to Los Angeles for Mobile Homestead project, which is brought in for the large-scale retrospective exhibition on Mike Kelley now on view through July 28.
Cambridge, Mass: Is Harvard Art Museum method of restoring Mark Rothko’s murals “a creepy, Dorian Gray-inspired parlor trick?” asks Boston Globe. More at Harvard Magazine
Philadelphia, Pa: The view from the commuter rail looks like “something Mark Rothko might have produced if he spent part of his life as a railroad tramp,” said Wired. It’s the work of Berlin-based Katharina Grosse, a commission from the city’s Mural Art Program.
Hartford, Conn: Hartford Civic Center discovered those abstract murals by Harlem Renaissance artist Romare Bearden hanging in their concourse are worth $4.2 million. The murals won’t be used in a renovation to the building reported The Courant. “The appraisal was needed to make sure the pieces were properly insured when workers moved them for display elsewhere.”
Dallas Texas: Dallas and their police department will be converting parking meters into public art, reports Dallas Morning News. The “creative intervention” will be “temporary public art that contributes to the visual enhancement of Dallas streets,” said the Office of Cultural Affairs. Also temporary were the three sculptures by Michael Christopher Matson, which were lifted by dang art thieves. The Feds are on the case.
Boulder Colo: Some are shouting No to YES!, a typographic sculpture that would front the Boulder Public Library. City Lab with the word on the word.
New York, NY: Banksy goes Brando. Webby Awards named Banksy “person of the year” and he was a no-show. If he appeared, that would be the bigger story. The Webby Awards honored the Brit street artist for his web dependant “Better Out Than In” show in New York City this past October.
Paint This Desert
The write up by Desert Companion's Scott Dickensheets on Mutual Admiration Society's "social gathering with art" captured the one-night-stand well. He writes:
Saturday represented a rather unprecedented mingling of the Vegas and L.A. art scenes, though not entirely out of keeping for VAST, which has repeatedly benefited from McMackin's connection to Los Angeles — 2013's stellar Tenth Circle exhibition being a great example among several. So it was a good exercise in a bridge-building, idea-exchange kind of way. But it also proposed a looser, event-driven way to display art, placing a premium on its social dimension without downplaying its importance. "Like First Friday," someone murmured. "In a good way," someone answered.
The non-exhibition will travel and select other artists around other desert cities of the West before landing in Santa Monica later this year. You have to like the idea of Las Vegas as a contemporary art junction between LA and Albuquerque.
Paint This Desert
The Modern LV
Las Vegas creative community has tough choice on Thursday evening. Through Late Until Eight, Trifecta Gallery will host a neighborhood sit down from 6 to 8 p.m. to sift through the fears and desires of what The MODERN will be about. Trifecta's Marty Walsh will lead the chat. ADD: Modern LV's Melanie Coffee was profiled by UNLV. [Rebel Yell]
Late photographer Julius Shulman in Los Angeles in January, 2008 / Photo: Josh Spencer via viewfromaloft
That same evening, the Nevada Preservation Society will have a 7 p.m. screening of "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman" at the Downtown Design Center at the Historic Fifth Street School. Heather Protz, Professor of Photography at the College of Southern Nevada, will moderate a Q&A.
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“Through the Muddy”
2017-18 480” x 144”
Oil on Canvas
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