Left: LACMA Trustee Ryan Seacrest, LACMA Trustee and Gala Co-Chair Ann Colgin, Ben Silverman © Charley Gallay. Right: Artist Ed and Danna Ruscha, artists Bill Viola and Kira Perov © Charley Gallay
On January 10th, W’s Editor in Chief Stefano Tonchi and Miley Cyrus teamed up to celebrate the opening “Shooting Stars,” a new exhibition celebrating the photographers Steven Klein, Juergen Teller, Tim Walker and Mario Sorrenti, featuring the magazine’s transformative celebrity portraits of stars like Angelina Jolie, Tilda Swinton, George Clooney, Madonna, and, naturally, Cyrus.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s second annual Art + Film Gala honoring Ed Ruscha and Stanley Kubrick on Saturday night drew a power crowd. Cochaired by Leonardo DiCaprio and LACMA trustee Eva Chow, the event attracted everyone from Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Sean Penn to François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, John Baldessari, Bill Viola, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie, who all came out to honor the late filmmaker and the 74-year-old artist.
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Canceling the show in early June–less than five months before its Oct. 27 opening–raised eyebrows in the art world. Although many proposed exhibitions fail to develop, it is extremely unusual for a museum to drop a show after most of the work has been done and the catalog is ready to be printed.
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You may have assumed the work of Edvard Munch, a legendary purveyor of angst, was all somber and fraught with lamentation. However, the 45 works in this show tell a more nuanced story. Focusing on the latter part of the Norwegian artist’s career, it includes 12 lesser-known self-portraits that feature bright colors against a white ground. They recall Henri Matisse’s interiors and patterning, and look ahead to Jasper Johns with their hatch mark and geometric composition, suggesting Munch was a more modern artist than many think. —B.A.M.
The opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum was the art event of the millennium. Well, so far anyway. No, that wasn’t an earthquake rattling Chris Burden’s forest of streetlamps outside the Renzo Piano-designed addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art-no, that was just the paradigms shifting.
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More than 100,000 artworks from antiques to Modern, American and Latin-American art, a comprehensive Asian collection, Design, Photography and temporary exhibitions, ranging from Tim Burton’s film ideas to videos by Bill Viola: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is truly a Wunderkammer. The huge complex is one of the biggest encyclopaedic museums in the world. One can pass hours roaming the halls, checking out sensational installations like the Urban Light Sculpture by Chris Burden, pausing in one of the cafes or rummaging through the well-sorted shop.
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2013 Exhibitions: Stanley Kubrick (November 1 – June 30), Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy (November 11 – February 10), Walter De Maria: The 2000 Sculpture (October 1 – April 1)