Fall 2019 Preview: The Beauty Thing
|Lari Pittman, How Sweet the Day After This and That, Deep Sleep Is Truly Welcomed, 1988. To be shown in the UCLA Hammer Museum's "Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence"|
|Maruyama Okyo, Cranes (detail), 1772|
The Huntington is celebrating its 100th anniversary with "Nineteen Nineteen" (Sep. 21, 2019–Jan. 20, 2020). It will show about 250 objects—literary, historical, scientific, and artistic—that were made or acquired the year Henry and Arabella Huntington established their temple to high culture.
ICA-LA aims a bit lower with "No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake" (Sep. 29, 2019–TBA). Blake studied at CalArts and this, his first L.A. retrospective, foregrounds the pivotal work he made in L.A. and San Francisco.
|Julie Mehretu, Conjured Parts (Eye), Ferguson, 2016|
The UCLA Hammer Museum will present the first Lari Pittman retrospective in over 20 years (LACMA did the first in 1996). Filling the entire museum, "Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence" (Sep. 29, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020) will present about 130 objects, including the monumental Flying Carpets paintings. An environmental installation called "Orangerie" will show works on paper.
In October the Getty Villa opens a long-term (nearly 3 year) loan of Assyrian objects from the British Museum. "Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq" runs Oct. 2, 2019–Sep. 5, 2022.
|Stanley Kubrick, self-portrait from unpublished Look magazine assignment "Rosemary Williams: Showgirl," 1949|
The Broad will follow up "Soul of a Nation" with "Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again" (mid-Oct. 2019 through early 2020). This ought to confirm how essential the Broad has become for loan shows.
|Édouard Manet, Bunch of Asparagus, 1880|
|Kim McConnel, Slide Out, 1980|
Beauty is also the subtext of MOCA's Anna Katz-curated "With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985" (Oct. 27, 2019–Mar. 30, 2020). New York's Hudson River Museum did a much smaller P&D show in 2007. At that time the NYT's Holland Cotter wrote that P&D was due for reappraisal: "Art associated with feminism has always had a hostile press. And there was the beauty thing… no one knew what to make of hearts, Turkish flowers, wallpaper and arabesques."
Much P&D history took place, not along the Hudson but along the Valencia-LA-San Diego fault line. The MOCA show will cast a wide net, including artists not normally considered as P&D, such as Billy Al Bengston, Betty Woodman, and Al Loving. This is the sort of thematic history that made MOCA's reputation.
|Rina Banerjee, Make me a summary of the world!, 2014|
|Wedding Tapa, Fiji, 19th century|
|Qiu Ying, Viewing the Pass List (detail), about 1504-1515|
Looking Forward: Spring 2020 and Beyond
|Still of My Neighbor Totoro (1988) by Hayao Miyazaki|
Further out on the Getty schedule is "Mesopotamia," co-organized with the Louvre (at the Villa, Mar. 18, 2020–July 27, 2020) and a Holbein exhibition, also for 2020, being organized with the Frick.
The Huntington is to complete its Chinese Garden expansion in May 2020. This includes a small (1720 sf) exhibition space, the Studio for Lodging the Mind. The inaugural exhibition is "A Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan," featuring the work of 21 contemporary ink artists.
|Henry Taylor, Warning Shots Not Required, 2011|
|Yoshitomo Nara, I WANT TO SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT, 2017. (C) Yoshitomo Nara|
"Gwynn Murrill: Animal Nature" supplies a coda to the animal theme at Pepperdine's Weisman Museum of Art, May 6–July 26, 2020.
Late in 2020 LACMA plans to open a temporary installation of its European and American modern collection on the top floor of BCAM. It's sure to draw out-sized scrutiny, given the muddled "To Rome and Back" and concerns about LACMA's ongoing commitment to its permanent collection. Stephanie Barron curates, so it's sure to be a smart use of the allotted space. (I'm not sure it will say a lot about the Zumthor future.)
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art plans to reopen its new exhibition space in fall 2020 with "Through Vincent's Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources." Fifteen van Gogh works will be shown alongside a hundred-some objects by artists van Gogh admired, among them Delacroix, Millet, Monticelli, Tissot, Monet, and Gauguin.
Titles and dates are subject to change.
|Vincent van Gogh, Les Vessenots in Auvers, 1890|
Does a commercial gallery along the lines of Hauser and Wirth in the Arts District deserve a slot?
When the Lucas opens, will there be enough page space to mention?
I recall the time when:
"Back then, after finishing each program, I would scratch my head wondering, 'How the hell am I going to find something equally interesting and important to talk about next week?'"
It's all good.
Now if something can just be done about the dismantling of LACMA....
Since you asked, Hauser and Wirth LA has Charles Gaines and Philip Guston shows opening Sep. 14.
By contrast, look at what's going on with a public trust in the form of the county-owned museum on Wilshire. A place that has taken decades to build. By thousands of people. It isn't free to enter, unlike what is soon going to be true of MOCA. The country-owned museum on most days charges a rather high admission fee, even more so since its galleries are being increasingly shuttered.
Not sure what the shelf life will be for the Marciano as a non-profit. Or the shelf life of the Hauser and Wirth as a for-profit. But who'd have ever thought one of the originals dating back to 1965 (post-Exposition Park) might not be one of them?