What’s happening in the arts around Los Angeles this month, the last month of the year? Well, there is always a lot going on. Too much to mention everything. Therefore, here some highlights:
The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, always has many wonderful programs and is always worth looking into for a great afternoon in the arts. The BOTERO art exhibit is CLOSING THIS SUNDAY and whoever hasn’t seen it yet and loves Botero or Latin American art should find a way to see it. “Latitude” the other Latin American art show at the Bowers is still open until January 2010. This Sunday is FREE admission to all exhibits!
For more cultural events at the Bowers look under Resources “Christmas 2009″
In the Riverside Art Museum one can see what old car wreckages can turn into. Michael Kalish, “Rust and Renaissance”
opens tonight December 5, 2009 with a reception from 7-9pm. Kalish’s most recent work, was created entirely from old and sometimes rusted car parts including tailgates, hoods and auto bodies. Visitors to the museum will be greeted by a crashed car sculpture that sprouts powerful roses out of its wrecked auto body. Inside the museum, dozens of sculpted roses abound including wallwork and freestanding sculptures.
In the mood for some serious modern art, then visit Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in Culver City, LA. The gallery of German gallerist Susanne Vielmetter is featuring the work of Sean Duffy. His exhibition at the gallery offers something for everyone: Painting, sculpture, collage, audio.
"Tunix of my Apathy I" by Sean Duffy
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Tagged Arts Orange County, Arts Southern California, ArtScene Los Angeles, Bowers Museum, Fernando Botero, Latin American Art, Modern Art, Sean Duffy, Susanne Vielmetter Project Los Angeles
Hooked on Botero
My first introduction to Fernando Botero was in Tuscany many, many years ago. Traveling Tuscany with my Italian friends in my twenties we stopped at a medieval castle in the middle of the soft Tuscan hills. There nestled within this magical medieval scenery were Botero’s impressive sculptures and sensual paintings of his voluminous figures he is so famously known for. This first impression of Botero never left me and I still have a vivid memory of this day.
Many years later, in fact about six years ago, my husband, son and I were visiting Venice and while touring the canals on one of the ‘Taxi” boats, I was realizing these enormous parts of some big sculpture on a passing boat. Taken by surprise I was trying to get a closer look at them and realized with joy and excitement that these had to be part of a Botero sculpture. Shortly after we found out that Venice in fact was getting ready for a huge show of Botero sculptures throughout the city. This show with Venice as a fantastic backdrop left unforgetable memories.
How thrilled was I to find out that the Bowers Museum is presenting a major retrospective of this Latin American artist right now. The show opened on September 12 and will run through December 06, 2009. Many of the 100 paintings , sculptures and drawings on view have never been seen in public. It’s a great exhibit, well put together and giving an overview from Botero’s very early works to his recent ones. I will defenitely go and visit again.
Tickets are $12 for adults. Free Entrance is offered on every first Sunday of the month!
Latin American Art Lovers can enjoy another exhibit at the Bowers as well: “Latitude” shows works by Frieda Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Roberto Matta, Jesus Soto, Rufino Tamayo and many more.
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