Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Pacific Standard Time at the Getty has been on everyone's top ten list of exhibitions for 2011. We have the freshly minted catalog on our shelves. It contextualizes the art of Los Angeles during the rise of the New York School, Abstract Expressionism and beyond; revealing the hard truth that Art does indeed occur outside of NYC.

Also RIP Helen Frankenthaler

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Watch n' Learn

Over the weekend, via The New Yorker,  we learned about the Art Documentation Project, a collaboration between the Menil Collection, the Whitney Museum, and the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art at Harvard. The Menil's Chief Conservator Carol Mancusi-Ungaro got the idea to try and forgo future conservation mysteries by talking with artists about what in the world they did to produce their work and how to best preserve it. The point is that the videos are available here and they are enormously enlightening.

So there. Now you too can learn how to best preserve that Jasper Johns encaustic hanging in your hallway, and that Brice Marden in your foyer.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Happy Birthday Franz Liszt!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Set Your Calendar (backwards)

It might be too late, but Wolfgang Laib (pictured) is speaking at the Phillips Collection tonight! I think it is already sold out, but it doesn't hurt to check.

Elizabeth Peyton is also TONIGHT at 7pm! at Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Julie Mehretu is speaking on Wednesday November 2nd at 7pm. For both of these talks FREE tickets are distributed beginning at 6:30 on the day of the event.


November's Architectural Digest goes inside of the home of Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi. They have a surprising number of Baquiat/Warhol paintings. -Coincidentally the National Gallery has two on exhibit as part of their Warhol: Headlines show.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library got some brand spanking new display shelving outside of Room 209 (and elsewhere) upon which to display new books.  The new material has really seemed to enjoy the change of venue. Titles currently being supported are: DesignSponge at Home, Carl Andre: Things in Their Elements (pictured), Errol Morris' Believing is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography) which incidentally wins the Art Division Friday Staff Pick Seal of Ultimate Approval.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Rags

Design institution Arkitip magazine just arrived. It is one of our brand new subscriptions. You can get a little taste here, but the real deal is here.

image: arkitip

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mona Lisa, Stolen...

...one hundred years, and one week ago.

She is back in her rightful place at the Louvre of course, but we should celebrate the anniversary of the heist somehow. Here's an idea. Noah Charney is offering a run down of the history of La Gioconda at ARTINFO. Let's follow along shall we?

For further reading check out Vanished Smile by R.A. Scotti

image via: Oxford Art Online

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Objectifying Beauty

 Marina Abramovic, Photo by Marco Anelli, courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

MAN pointed us to a blog called HOTTIES OF ART HISTORY. It is what you have always wanted, but were afraid to ask for.

So, um...to make this relevant to library stuff you can find some Marina Abramovic material in the 709.2 A161 shelves. Now back to the internet...