Category: De Young Museum

LACMA, Getty among 134 museums joining Google's art site

April 2, 2012 |  9:01 pm


Google knows something about the power in numbers, even in an art website.

Google Art Project, which launched last year with virtual tours and digitized artworks from 17 museums, has added 134 new museums to its site, including four from California.

Initially, no museums from the state were included in the project; now the Getty Museum, the L.A. County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco are participating.

Other newcomers in the U.S. include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., the Rubin Museum in New York, and the White House.
New partners from outside the U.S. include the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art in Brazil, the Musée d’Orsay in France, the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico, Islamic Museum of Qatar, and the National Museum of Indonesia, just to name a few. Altogether, 40 countries are now represented.

This expansion addresses early complaints from cultural critics that the site was too Eurocentric and Old Masters-heavy, because of offerings from such venerable institutions as the Frick Collection and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Uffizi in Florence, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the National Gallery in London.

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The Arts on TV: Dale Chihuly; Plácido Domingo; Ramsey Lewis

September 22, 2011 |  6:00 am

    Veronica Villarroel and Placido Domingo in the 1995 Los Angeles Opera production of Manuel Penella Moreno's "El Gato Montes"
“Chihuly Fire & Light”
8 p.m. Friday, KLCS: The De Young exhibit has 11 galleries of new and archived works by glass artist Dale Chihuly.

“Great Performances” 9 p.m. Friday, KOCE; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, KVCR: "Plácido Domingo: My Favorite Roles:" Tenor Plácido Domingo recalls his favorite roles in opera houses around the world.

“The Artist Toolbox” 8:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis.

“Latin Music USA” 11 p.m. Saturday, KVCR: "Bridges/The Salsa Revolution": Latin jazz, mambo and the cha-cha; Latin music through the 1960s; Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent the son cubano and the plena.

“Latin Music USA” Midnight Saturday, KVCR: "The Salsa Revolution": Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent the son cubano and the plena by adding soul and jazz elements to create salsa.

“Live From Lincoln Center” Noon Sunday, KOCE: "New York Philharmonic Opening Night With Deborah Voigt": Soprano Deborah Voigt joins the New York Philharmonic in works by Barber, Wagner and Richard Strauss.

“Vine Talk” 10:30 p.m. Sunday, KVCR: Navigating Napa Valley Cabernets: Actors John Lithgow and S. Epatha Merkerson; author Nora Ephron; chef Jonathan Waxman.

“2501 Migrants: A Journey” Midnight Sunday, KOCE: Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago creates 2,501 life-size clay sculptures, with each statue symbolizing migrants who left their native homes.

“Diego Rivera” 4 a.m. Monday, Biography: The life of the Mexican painter, muralist and architect.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: Veronica Villarroel and Placido Domingo in the 1995 Los Angeles Opera production of Manuel Penella Moreno's "El Gato Montes." Credit: Los Angeles Times.

Picasso season wraps up in New York -- and starts up in San Francisco

May 26, 2011 |  9:15 am

Picassoboyleadinghorse You don't have to leave the U.S. to see some of Picasso's greatest paintings, thanks to choice holdings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and MoMA in New York -- especially MoMA. But this year it's easier than ever to see a range of works by the prolific artist on either coast.

After traveling to the Seattle Art Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso" reaches its final U.S. venue next month, opening at the De Young Museum in San Francisco on June 11. The survey spans eight decades and many media, including paintings and works on paper.

French art critics have faulted the Picasso museum in Paris, which is closed for a $60-million renovation, for sending works abroad in order to raise construction funds. California fans might just be glad to see about 150 works closer to home, despite a hefty $25 admission price for adults.

Meanwhile, across town, SFMOMA has borrowed dozens of Picasso paintings and works on paper from private collections as well as museums for a show over a decade in the making: "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde." MoMA alone loaned several works, including the  double portrait "Boy Leading a Horse," shown above, from the artist's so-called rose period.

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