Hammer Blog

  • Shanghaied in Hangzhou

    A short train ride southwest of Shanghai is the Westlake region of Zhejiang Province, one of the most beautifully serene areas in all of China. It also has one of the most important art schools in the country, the China Academy of Art, with many artists working there.

  • Nanjing & Shanghai

    In early September Shanghai hosted two art fairs and a biennial concurrently. This was a part of a larger Asian collaboration of fairs and exhibitions: Art Beijing and Showcase Singapore art fairs, Guangzhou, Nanjing, and Yokohama Triennials, and Singapore, Gwangju, and Taipei Biennials. It looks as though the Grand Tour has relocated to the east.

  • Rembrandt in Southern California

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLABORATION HIGHLIGHTS AREA'S EXCEPTIONAL HOLDINGS OF REMBRANDT PAINTINGS: Virtual exhibition brings together works in the collections of the Hammer Museum, Getty, LACMA, Norton Simon Museum, and Timken Museum www.rembrandtinsocal.org [caption id="attachment_211" align="alignnone" width="255" caption="Rembrandt van Rijn, "Juno," c. 1662-65. Oil on canvas. The Armand Hammer Collection. Gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation."][/caption]   December 3, 2008 A group of five Los Angeles art museums have unveiled a virtual exhibition highlighting Southern California holdings of paintings by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669). The product of a groundbreaking collaboration, a dedicated Web site—Rembrandt in Southern California has been created by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Hammer Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles; the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena; and the Timken Museum of Art in San Diego, all working in concert. Unlike the limited

  • Oranges and Sardines Opens at the Hammer Museum

      ORANGES AND SARDINES: CONVERSATIONS ON ABSTRACT PAINTING OPENS AT THE HAMMER MUSEUM On view at the Hammer November 9 - February 8, 2009 Los Angeles, CA - Oranges and Sardines examines art through the eyes and minds of artists and is a testament to the persistence of the visual art object, particularly abstract painting. In this exhibition six contemporary abstract painters— Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman, Charline von Heyl, and Christopher Wool— were asked to select one or two of their recent paintings to be shown alongside works by other artists who have had a significant impact on their thinking and the development of their practice. The show, on view at the Hammer from November 9, 2008 through February 8, 2009, is comprised of six separate rooms presenting each artist’s selection in a constellation of diverse works by artists including Paul Klee, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Francis Bacon

  • Gouge: The Modern Woodcut 1870 to Now Opens at Hammer Museum

      Gouge: The Modern Woodcut 1870 to Now Opens at Hammer Museum On view at the Hammer Museum November 9, 2008 - February 8, 2009 Los Angeles, CA – Gouge: The Modern Woodcut 1870 to Now examines the woodcut in terms of its diverse forms and uses in the modern era. A thematic survey, it invites parallels between the medium in countries as diverse and geographically distant as Mexico, France, and Korea. Woodblock printing is, in fact, one of the most common artistic practices throughout the world. Although the motivations of each artist and the circumstances in which the woodcuts were made may differ greatly, the visual character of the gouge cuts is a defining thread among the selected works in this exhibition. In its most basic form, the making of a woodcut requires just a block of wood, a cutting tool known as a gouge, some ink, and a

  • 798: Before and After

    798 is the art district in a northeast section of Beijing that cropped up several years ago and has undergone dramatic changes in a very short time. As I understand it, it began spontaneously as an art district, as art and galleries seem to happen anywhere.