This season, Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art mounts a major retrospective of land art, the ambitious 1960s and ’70s movement that saw artists literally sculpting the earth to create works of grand scale. Often considered a renunciation of the commercial art world, pieces like Robert Smithson’s 1970 Spiral Jetty (a 1,500-foot coil of salt, mud, and rock in Utah’s Great Salt Lake) and Hans Haacke’s 1967-69 Grass Grows (a conical mound of dirt planted with grass seed) have inspired more sculpturally minded landscape architects ever since.
Choi Jeong Hwa has been contributing to the international contemporary art world since the early 1990s; the LA Times named him "the internationally recognised leader of Korea's pop art movement." His aesthetic is large, bright, and surreal; he has been called a Korean Jeff Koons. While his work includes found objects and abstract installations, Choi often designs flowers, trees.
Lines are insane—and we mean insane—at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, for the last days of the Alexander McQueen show, "Savage Beauty." The show ends this Sunday, August 7, and tomorrow and Friday, August 4 and 5, the museum will stay open until 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, until midnight. (The line is so long that the museum has even come up with a scavenger-hunt style game for people to play while waiting in line).
Philadelphia's Rodin Museum sits on the city's Benjamin Franklin Parkway and just unveiled a massive renovation of its gardens by the landscape firm Olin. We take a tour of the newly renovated gardens.
Left: Richard Serra, installation view at Dia:Beacon. © Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; right: hornbeams in the Dia's garden.
This past weekend, I went to visit Dia:Beacon for the first time. The museum, which features art from the 1960s and onwards in a former box printing factory, is huge, with room after room devoted to monumental works of art that would be difficult to fit in many other museums.