Saturday, February 18, 2012

Naked Hollywood

In 1947, the tabloid photographer known as Weegee relocated from New York City to Los Angeles. In moving west, he abandoned the grisly crime scenes for which he was best known and trained his camera instead on Hollywood stars, strippers, costume shops, and naked mannequins, sometimes distorted through trick lenses and multiple exposures. “Now I could really photograph the subjects I liked,” said Weegee of his life in Los Angeles. “I was free.”

Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles is the first museum exhibition devoted to the work Weegee produced in Southern California.

In addition to roughly 200 photographs, many of which have never before been shown or reproduced, the exhibition encompasses Weegee's related work as an author, filmmaker, photo-essayist, and genius self-promoter. Following the photographer's lead, the exhibition documents the lurid, irresistible undersides of stardom, fandom, commerce, and publicity in mid-century Los Angeles. Weegee's 1953 photo-book Naked Hollywood provides the title and point of departure for the exhibition.

I love Weegee and his elastic lens.  
Photos are not permitted in this amazing exhibit,  which sucks for you guys.  Magically that photo in the middle appeared on my memory card :)  You still have time to see these amazing photographs. Seeing his body of work leaves you with a "happy feeling". Weegee's work is BPS (before photoshop).  I got the Naked Hollywood book and was going to scan my favorite photos, but then realized that's too much work.  Sorry! 

If your not familiar with his work google him.  
He's worth investigating.

Now at the MOCA Grand Avenue till February 27, 2012

California Design, 1930–1965:

"Living in a Modern Way"

This exhibition is the first major study of California midcentury modern design. With more than 300 objects—furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country. Organized into four thematic areas, the exhibition aims to elucidate the 1951 quote from émigré Greta Magnusson Grossman that is incorporated into the exhibition’s title: California design “is not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions… It has developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way."

   California Lobster two-piece swimsuit, swim trunks, and man’s shirt

   Mary Ann DeWeese
   Catalina Sportswear (Los Angeles, 1907–93)
   Lastex, cotton
   Two-piece swimsuit, center-back length: 14 in. (35.6 cm); swim trunks,  
   center-back length: 15 in. (38.1 cm); shirt, 
   center-back length: 27 1/2 in.(69.9 cm)

Desk (with storage unit)

Greta Magnusson Grossman
Glenn of California (Arcadia, 1948–92)
Desk (with storage unit), 1952; manufactured 1952–c. 1954
Walnut, iron, Formica
47 5/8 x 23 3/4 x 40 in. (121 x 60.3 x 101.6 cm)

Resnick Pavilion
October 1, 2011–June 3, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

In Wonderland:

The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States.

North America represented a place free from European traditions for women Surrealists from the United States and Mexico, and European émigrés. While their male counterparts usually cast women as objects for their delectation, female Surrealists delved into their own subconscious and dreams, creating extraordinary visual images. Their art was primarily about identity: portraits, double portraits, self-referential images, and masquerades that demonstrate their trials and pleasures. The exhibition includes works in a variety of media dating from 1931 to 1968, and some later examples that demonstrate Surrealism's influence on the feminist movement. Iconic figures such as Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo are represented, along with lesser known or newly discovered practitioners.

Remedios Varo

Frida Khalo

I loved this exhibit even though I saw half of the paintings in Mexico City.  If I can own any piece it would be a Remedios Varo. Her brush strokes & ideas are pretty amazing.   

Definitely worth the $20.  Go see it and be inspired. 

Resnick Pavilion
January 29, 2012–May 6, 2012