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Mike Kelley: <EM>Banana Man Costume</EM>, 1981Courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
Mike Kelley: Banana Man Costume, 1981
Courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
Mike Kelley
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles  •  23 March - 28 July 2014

Found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Pasadena, California in January 2012,  the American artist Mike Kelley (born in 1954 in Detroit) left behind him a prolific and disturbing body of work, which draws on both learned and popular culture. 

Brought up in a working-class, Roman Catholic milieu, the influential American artist was only 57 at the time of his death. He was represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York.

Seen frist  at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and then the  Centre Pompidou in Paris, the exhibition is built around the highlights of the artist's production. Large installations are contrasted with collections of more intimate works, particularly on paper, from European and American collections. From the first performances by the artist at CalArts, the famous art school in Los Angeles, to his surprisingly rich graphic work and spectacular installation sculptures, for which he uses a huge variety of techniques (video, photographs, motley objects, etc.), Mike Kelley's intellectual, yet also slightly irreverent, work unfolds in a gripping visual and auditory journey.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) Website

Contact:  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tel: 1) 213 621 17 41

<P>The Prince and the Queen, 1854Salted paper print, hand colouredRoger Fenton—Royal Collection Trust&nbsp; © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013</P>

The Prince and the Queen, 1854
Salted paper print, hand coloured
Roger Fenton—Royal Collection Trust 
© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  J. Paul Getty Museum  •  4 February - 8 June 2014

Queen Victoria was about to turn twenty when the invention of the new medium of photography was announced—first in Paris by Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre, then in London by William Henry Fox Talbot—at the beginning of 1839. While the two processes were in fact different, they fundamentally changed how we see the world by recording it with a veracity that was unprecedented.

This exhibition explores the relationship between the new art form and the queen, whose passion for collecting photographs began in the 1840s. On display are rare daguerreotypes, private portraits of the Royal Family, and a selection of prints by early masters of photography.

J. Paul Getty Museum Website

Contact: J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1687
Tel: (1) 310 440 73 00

Hiroshi Sugimoto: <EM>Polar Bear</EM>, 1976Gelatin silver printThe J. Paul Getty Museum, purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council© Hiroshi Sugimoto
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Polar Bear, 1976
Gelatin silver print
The J. Paul Getty Museum, purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council
© Hiroshi Sugimoto
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  The Getty Center  •  4 February - 8 June 2014
Since the mid-1970s, Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1948) has used photography to investigate how history filters down to the present. This exhibition brings together three series by the artist—habitat dioramas, wax portraits, and early photographic negatives—that present objects of historical and cultural significance from various museum collections.

The Getty Center Website


The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, California 90049

Tel: (1) 310 440 73 00

Chris Beas:<EM> And the Number One Was Georgie Best...,</EM> 201346 x 48 in. Acrylic on canvas on panel. Courtesy of the artist and Martha Otero Gallery©Chris Beas.
Chris Beas: And the Number One Was Georgie Best..., 2013
46 x 48 in.
Acrylic on canvas on panel.
Courtesy of the artist and Martha Otero Gallery
©Chris Beas.
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  •  2 February - 20 July 2014
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, an exhibition examining the sport of fútbol, or soccer, as it is known in the United States. Featuring approximately 50 works by nearly 30 artists on the subject of fútbol—often referred to as “the beautiful game”—the exhibition looks at issues of nationalism, identity, globalism, and mass spectacle as well as the shared human experience between spectators from a multitude of cultures. In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup that takes place in Brazil this summer, LACMA’s exhibition considers the sport through video, photography, painting, sculpture, and large-scale installation.

Two room-sized video installations anchor Fútbol: The Beautiful Game. The first, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait by the artists Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon, provides an intimate portrait of Zinedine Zidane—one of the greatest soccer players in the history of the sport—during the course of a single match. Meanwhile, Stephen Dean’s Volta, set to samba music, directs its gaze at stadium crowds and draws attention to both the pandemonium and organized ritual of mass audiences.

Other works by artists including Robin Rhode, Kehinde Wiley, Petra Cortright, Andy Warhol, Mark Bradford, Mary Ellen Carroll, Hassan Hajjaj, and Andreas Gursky, among others, provide a sense of the possibilities of the sport as a universal conversation piece.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website

Contact: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (1) 323 857 60 00

John Divola: As Far As I Could Get
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  •  6 October 2013 - 6 July 2014

American artist John Divola melds the disciplines of sculpture, painting, and performance art –and using photography to document the resulting experience- Divola’s work is at once a deadpan depiction of the geography around him as it is a document of the aesthetic possibilities subliminally present around us.

John Divola: Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert,
John Divola: Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert, D24 Run Sequence
Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Art

LACMA’s presentation includes Polaroid images of sculpted objects, serial works comprised of appropriated continuity shots and stereographs, and conceptual landscapes in which the artist himself appears in a performative role.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website

Contact: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tel: (1) 323 857 60 00

Events in Classical Music

Paul Jacobs, organ
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Walt Disney Concert Hall  •  4 May 2014
J.S. Bach: Clavier-Übung III 

Organist Paul Jacobs performs the complete Clavier-Übung III, the “German Organ Mass,” a monumental masterpiece containing some of Bach’s most complex and most demanding organ compositions.

Walt Disney Concert Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm


Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tel: (1) 323 850 20 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Jason Maddy and&nbsp;John Vickery in <EM>RED</EM>
Jason Maddy and John Vickery in RED
Red: By John Logan
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES  •  Lyceum Stage  •  29 March - 27 April 2014

Red is the sixth production of the company's 38th season by John Logan and directed by Sam Woodhouse, co-founder and artistic director of San Diego REP. The story is set in 1958 at a critical point in the career of the abstract impressionist painter, when Mark Rothko has been challenged to create a definitive work of art for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. He struggles with the threatening presence of a neophyte assistant, who represents a voice of a new generation of artists that questions Rothko's theories and label him a sell-out. Surrounded by massive black and red canvases that pulsate with color, the result is a battle between student and master in search of the highest art possible. This larger-than-life portrait of an angry of an angry and brilliant artistic mind is a fearless piece of work that dares to explain the mysteries of creation.

Red was written by John Logan who wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplays for The Gladiator and "The Aviator." He won a Golden Globe for his film version with Tim Burton of the musical "Sweeney Todd." He also co-wrote the recently acclaimed James Bond film Skyfall and is slated to write the next two Bond films.


San Diego REPertory Theatre Website

Detailed schedule information:
7"00 pm

Contact: The Lyceum Stage
San Diego REPertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA. 9210-6144
Tel: (1) 619 544-10 00

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