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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:13

The Rain Room Goes on View at LACMA

Half the fun of an actual rainstorm is that the deluge is unpredictable, a natural outburst whose duration is unknown and whose force fluctuates according to invisible conditions like wind and temperature. The "calm before the storm before the calm" injects a dimension of abstract narrative.

It tends to be messy and unruly.

In "Rain Room," the immersive installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that simulates a heavy downpour, the messiness is all cleaned up — smoothed out, unruffled and neatly organized for your 15 minutes of viewing pleasure. It's a Minimalist storm.

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Since it opened in 1987, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Iris and Gerald B. Cantor Roof Garden has sprouted all manner of art – giant safety pin to balloon dog to towering bamboo village – much of it newly made or conceived for the warm-weather space, overlooking Central Park and sitting atop one of the world’s best collections of art.

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It’s a great and rare occurrence to see art installed in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Some might argue that this is where you go to look at nature rather than art — although tags and labels on the plants remind you that humans made this garden and bred plenty of the species in it. The Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) is an excellent choice for a show here, since he himself created parks, playgrounds and gardens around the world, drawing heavily from a Japanese art tradition that considered aesthetics in relation to nature.

Is “Isamu Noguchi at Brooklyn Botanic Garden” a great exhibition? No. The Noguchi Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are to be commended — along with the Noguchi’s senior curator, Dakin Hart, who organized the exhibition — for installing such a show, in which sculpture is exposed to the elements (and the wandering visitors).

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The high-profile artist duo Allora and Calzadilla, who represented the US at the 2011 Venice Biennale, will unveil later this month one of their most ambitious and audacious works off Puerto Rico’s southwest coast.

The pair have installed a work by Dan Flavin—Puerto Rican Light (to Jeanie Blake), 1965—deep inside a natural limestone cave located in a remote conservation area on the Caribbean island between the municipalities of Guayanilla and Peñuelas. Solar panels at the mouth of the cave will power Flavin’s work, which is made from pink, yellow and red fluorescent lightbulbs.

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When the Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles officially opens on Sept. 20, visitors will be treated to a selection of more than 250 works of contemporary art culled from the private collection of founders Eli and Edythe Broad, museum officials will announce on Friday.

Though many of the pieces have been seen in public before, this will be the most in-depth display of art from the 2,000-piece collection, spotlighting more than 60 artists.

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Early in 1903, illustrator Howard Pyle (1853-1911) began work on a set of nine wall-sized panels for the drawing room of his home at 907 Delaware Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. The Museum announced that all nine panels are now on view in their entirety for the first time in 75 years. They have been semi-permanently installed in the Museum’s second floor Vinton Illustration Galleries.

While two of the panels were on view during the Howard Pyle retrospective exhibition in 2011-2012, which celebrated the Museum’s 100th anniversary, the complete set has recently undergone conservation work.

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A group of 17 wall drawings by Sol LeWitt were unveiled on 18 July at the Botín Foundation in Santander, northern Spain (until 10 January 2016). Many of the works have not been seen since they were made in the 1970s, and it is the first time one of them—Wall Drawing 7A (1969-2015)—has been fully installed. 

Benjamin Weil, the artistic director of the private foundation, is the co-curator of the exhibition along with John Hogan, Yale University Art Gallery's director of Installations and Archivist of wall drawings.

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The British artist Anish Kapoor, whose sculpture placed at the Palace of Versailles became known as the “queen’s vagina”, has lashed out at French “intolerance” after his work was vandalized. The work, entitled "Dirty Corner," was on Wednesday found sprayed with yellow paint and is now being cleaned by palace authorities.

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Paris’ Fondation Louis Vuitton collection was designed according to four axes: contemplative, subjective expressionist, Pop art, and music/sound. Following two hangings—the first in the autumn of 2014, which exhibited a limited set of works representative of the four categories and from the field of architecture, and the second taking place in the winter of 2014 until the spring of 2015, adhering to the expressionist and contemplative axes—the third part of the collection was inaugurated on June 3, 2015, bringing together Pop art and sound works, which are to be exhibited until October 2015.

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R & Company’s current exhibition, David Wiseman: Wilderness and Ornament, is more than a visually stunning presentation -- it is deeply profound experience. Evan Snyderman, who founded the New York-based gallery alongside Zesty Meyers in 1997, says, “people have been brought to tears by how beautiful this installation is.”

The show, which is R & Company’s second solo exhibition of works by the Los Angeles-based designer, features new designs and architectural installations that explore and celebrate Wiseman’s reverence for nature, decorative arts history, and, above all...

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