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All the World’s a Stage: William Leavitt’s “Theater Objects” at MOCA

All the World’s A Stage: William Leavitt’s Theater Objects at MOCA By Leticia Marie Sanchez All photography© MOCA All the world’s a stage, all the men and women merely players. Nowhere does Shakespeare’s expression hold more true than at William Leavitt’s Theater Objects at MOCA. Walking into the exhibition one hears the constant chirping of birds and the flow of cool air. Are we in a jungle? A theme park? On the set of a play? Leavitt’s engaging exhibition interacts with its audience, causing the museumgoer to constantly question where he or she stands. Co-curated by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson and Ann Goldstein, former MOCA senior curator and director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, William Leavitt: Theater Objects represents the first solo museum exhibition and retrospective of the artist’s 40-year career. The exhibit showcases approximately 90 works from 1969

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Arabella Huntington- Femme Fatale

–Scarlett O’Hara had nothing on me! In a lecture a few years ago at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, it was revealed that Arabella Huntington, powerful arts patroness, happened to be a tempting siren. Mystery shrouds the birth of her son. At the time, there were not two, but three gentlemen involved with Mrs. H, who could have sired the heir to the Huntington fortune. Arabella went by the nickname Belle. The stoic portrait of Arabella at the left, painted by Sir Oswald Birley, graces the entrance of the Huntington’s Research Library. It teaches us not to judge a book by its cover, nor a dowager by her spectacles, black garb, and beekeeper’s veil.

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In the News: Banned Banksy pops up in LA

Banksy, the mysterious, anarchist street artist may have descended upon the city of Angels. Nominated for Best Documentary for his film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy, whose identity remains a secret, petitioned to be allowed on stage to accept his potential award donning a Monkey Mask. No Monkey Business at the Oscars came the reply. Since then, subversive street art work has allegedly crept up around the LA area, including Sunset Boulevard which reports sightings of a pyromaniac Charlie Brown, holding a gas can, whilst a cigarette dangles from his mouth.

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10+ Facts About Marc Chagall

The #1 Search Term on Cultural Cocktail Hour has consistently been—- Marc Chagall!! To reward my faithful readers for their curiosity, here are 10+ FACTS ABOUT MARC CHAGALL 1. Real Name: Moyshe Segal 2. Birthplace: Vitebsk, Russian empire 3. Artistic Style: Chagall invented his own style, blending Cubism, Fauvism, Surrealism, and Expressionism with images from Jewish folklore and legend. 4. Family Background Chagall was born into a Hassidic Jewish family living in Russia. His father, Zakhar, assisted a herring merchant; His mother, Feiga Ita, ran a small shop. 5.  Wife Bella Rosenfeld: a cultured woman with a passion for theatre, painting, and poetry 6. Paris “My art needed Paris, like a tree needs water.”- Chagall When Moyshe Segal arrived in Paris he changed his name to Marc Chagall. The resourceful painter did not let his lack of money stop him.

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Los Angeles Arts Show- January 19-23

The Los Angeles Art Show January 19-23, 2011 Los Angeles Convention Center. West Hall A, 1201 South Figueroa Street LA, CA 90015 The LAAS features thousands of global works of art from a variety of periods including Old Master works, Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary art. From the LA Arts show website: “FROM REMBRANDT TO RUSCHA AND BEYOND. PAINTING, SCULPTURE, WORKS ON PAPER, PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO – OVER 100 PROMINENT GALLERIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.” The art show also includes an exhibit on Middle Eastern Artists three years before the exhibit will be displayed at the Guggenheim Museum. Visit www.laartshow.com for more information

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A Tale of Two Raphaels

Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, California- On December 4, Dr. David Alan Brown, Curator of Italian Painting at the National Gallery of Art, delivered a lecture entitled “Raphael Discovers Leonardo.” Dr. Brown discussed the influences on the artistic style of Italian High Renaissance painter, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known to the world simply as Raphael. Dr. Brown’s lecture provided context for two Raphael paintings in the Norton Simon: “Madonna and Child” and “The Small Cowper Madonna,” on loan from the National Gallery of Art. Dr. Brown traced Raphael’s initial artistic influence to Perugino, born Pietro Vanucci. Perugino.  Madonna and Child. 1500. Oil on wood. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC This prominent artist of the Umbrian School impacted his pupil Raphael through his concept of space and structure. However, Dr. Brown pointed out clues to help his audience to

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Project Ethos:LA Fashion Week- March 19

The Spirit of Ethos at LA Fashion Week by Leticia Marie Sanchez Photography © Leticia M. Sanchez March 19-  At the Music Box in Hollywood,  Project Ethos held an evening of emerging artists in music, fashion, and art. The Greek root “Ethos” can refer to “the spirit of a people” and the red carpet event lived up to its lively name.  Ethos featured the collections of ten designers, including two from “Project Runway,” Season Six contestant Gordana Gehlhausen and Season Seven contestant Jesus Estrada.  The art gallery on the rooftop, overlooking the new W hotel, proved the most welcome surprise on a warm Los Angeles evening. Artist Erin Hammond showcased a collection of portraits of women. Hammond revealed  that Gustav Klimt inspired her. One could see the link between both artists’ vibrant expressionism. Left: Painting by Erin Hammond Right: Adele Bloch-Bauer II:

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Unsolved Art Mysteries: WHODUNIT?

The Case of the Pilfering “Policemen” by Leticia Marie Sanchez                 WHO: Two art burglars disguised as policemen WHAT: The greatest art heist in world history WHERE: Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum WHEN: October 18, 1990 WHY: $500 million dollars worth of art Paging Sherlock Holmes and Scotland Yard! This month marks the 20th anniversary of the biggest art heist in world history. On March 18, 1990 thieves donning policemen costumes pilfered more than $500 million dollars worth of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. At one in the morning on St. Patrick’s Day, the portrait purloiners approached the venerable museum, telling the unseasoned night guards that they were investigating a disturbance. Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt Admitted through the side door, they

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Gaze: Portraits of Artists and Composers

Musical Performance Fri. February 26 Performer Polli Chambers-Salazar links composers Scriabin and Hindemith to Jawlensky,  Klee, and other painters after Ingres. 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Theater Norton Simon Museum of Art.411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/

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MOCA names New Director: Jeffrey Deitch

MOCA’s Board of Trustees named influential New York Gallerist, Jeffrey Deitch, as the museum’s new director. A prominent figure in the art world, Mr. Deitch has worked with such artists as Jean Michael Basquiat and Jeff Koons, in addition to founding the vanguard gallery, Deitch Projects. An avid art connoisseur, Mr. Deitch is also a an arts writer and critic. According to MOCA Board Co-Chair Maria Bell, “Jeffrey lives, eats, sleeps, and breathes art. He is passionate about contemporary art and is committed to the future of MOCA.” Mr. Deitch will take the helm of MOCA commencing June 1, 2010.

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