Would you agree that there is some charming and yummy connection between good art and good food? Many world-class museums are not only trying to impress visitors with great art but also eager to impress their taste buds.
I wonder if the less than stellar results of the last Oscars, with its low voltage and sagging viewership, will make the Hollywood weasels -- clearly in need of inspiration -- turn to the world of art.
A good fellow American, and a faithful listener of Art Talk on KCRW, sent me a link to a Vatican website with a 360 degree panorama of the Sistine Chapel. For the next hour, wild horses couldn't have driven me away from the computer screen.
More than any other museum in this country, MOCA came into being as a result of a passionate effort by a group of dedicated artists who, in the late 1970's, envisioned a new museum dedicated solely to contemporary art.
To say that the Los Angeles art season started on a high note this fall doesn't even begin to describe the excitement generated last weekend by numerous openings. Did all that contribute to the 100º-plus heat?
On 9/11, my survival instinct suggested that a celebration of good art is ultimately the best way to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. Even if the tunnel is long and dark, and the light is, at first, rather difficult to perceive.
At the satellite galleries of the MOCA stands an exhibition titled "Any Ever." The artist, Ryan Trecartin, has been described as "possibly the most riotously talented artist of the YouTube generation."