Hammer Blog

  • Saddlesore

    Nine Lives artist Lisa Anne Auerbach shares her reflections on Los Angeles, art-making and commuting by bicycle in this weekly blog. Saddlesore Friday, May 29 I write an occasional publication called Saddlesore, and the emphasis here is on “occasional,” since I haven’t actually thrown one out into the world in quite some time. Maybe a couple years even. But I ride all the time and the adventures never end and from time to time I think I need to write them down, but with all this blogging and art production and teaching and communing with the cats, who has the time for small publications anymore? In case anyone’s wondering how to bring freshly baked bread with them on a bike, here’s one solution. A couple days ago I had to return a container to a friend who had too much leftover kale salad. I gladly took the kale

  • Grunwald Receives a Gift of Six Rare Indian Drawings

    Anonymous, Indian (Rajasthan, Kotah), c.1800. Tiger Attacks a Boar. 4 x 5 in. UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum. Gift of Catherine Benkaim. The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts was recently the recipient of a generous gift of six Indian drawings from collector Catherine Benkaim. The drawings are preparatory sketches for Indian miniature paintings and range in date between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. These exquisite examples of Mughal art are rare survivals of the period, and they shed light on the techniques and drawing practice of miniaturists. lab report

  • Coming Soon: Larry Johnson

    THE HAMMER MUSEUM PRESENTS LARRY JOHNSON On View June 21 – September 6, 2009 The Hammer Museum presents the first full-scale survey exhibition of work by the Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson. The exhibition is curated by Russell Ferguson, Hammer adjunct curator and Chair of the Department of Art at UCLA. Johnson’s work is quintessentially of and about Los Angeles. The exhibition features over 60 color photographs, spanning Johnson’s career beginning in 1982 to the present. He combines glossy imagery with witty and at times cutting references to popular culture, animation, gay subcultures, and moderne architectural design. Much of his work explores the themes of Hollywood and celebrity, especially the edges of that world, where aspirations and fantasies bump up against reality. Johnson emerged from CalArts in the early 1980s and he remains among the most respected artists of his generation. His work is characterized by a postmodern conceptualism that

  • Llyn Foulkes Piece Added to Hammer Collection

    Llyn Foulkes Dali and Me, 2006 Mixed media 33 x 26 in. (83.8 x 66 cm) Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Purchase We are very pleased about our purchase of Dali and Me (2006) by Llyn Foulkes, which was featured in the recent exhibition Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A.. Foulkes (b. 1934) has been a major figure in the Los Angeles art scene since his first solo exhibition in 1961 at the Ferus Gallery and a solo show at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1962. Since then he has been influential to several generations of artists working in L.A.. This painting demonstrates his affinity for taking found objects such as upholstery, hair, teeth, and fragments of real clothing, and working them into the painted surface. The work incorporates a self portrait, as most of his pieces do, and merges his image with that of one of

  • Guest Blogger Daisy

    Nine Lives artist Lisa Anne Auerbach shares her reflections on Los Angeles, art-making and commuting by bicycle in this weekly blog. Guest Blogger Daisy Monday, May 18 Today’s guest blogger, Daisy, was born in the garden last June. She enjoys stealing things, sitting on the dining room table, and peeing in a clean litter box. Her favorite toys include hair bands and tampons. Although she hasn’t been writing for long, she has a lot to say. Her usual mode of communication is through chirps, meows, and, if you hold her, she’ll make a protesting groan that comes from deep within. From the paws of Daisy-kins, the little blue-eyed devilgirl-child. Did you feel that earthquake last night? I was sleeping on the dining room table, which I’m not supposed to do, but I know I can get away with it. Usually, one of those people come over and say ooh

  • Broke Down and Flat Busted

    Nine Lives artist Lisa Anne Auerbach shares her reflections on Los Angeles, art-making and commuting by bicycle in this weekly blog. Broke down and flat busted Monday, May 11 But this time I got the kitty litter first! Jesus must really want my car. The Volvo got raptured again yesterday while I was attempting to drive home from the Hammer on the 10 freeway. There I was, just minding my own business and sweating it out driving in stop-n-go traffic eastbound towards my house. When I drive, I like to pick up the “heavy” stuff I can’t really haul on a bike. So I had 75 pounds of kitty litter with me, plus 3.5 pounds of cat food and 6 pounds of rye flour from the health food store. I thought everything was going swimmingly with the car. I’d gotten it back from the dude last week and

  • The Rapture

    Nine Lives artist Lisa Anne Auerbach shares her reflections on Los Angeles, art-making and commuting by bicycle in this weekly blog. The Rapture Tuesday, May 5 The best thing about riding a bike across town is that it's a pretty sure bet that you're going to get there. A flat tire takes less than ten minutes to change. Other problems can happen, I suppose, but I don't have much experience with catastrophic bicycle issues, so not sure what they might be. I guess there could be a medical emergency or something like that, but that can happen just as easily if you're in a car or taking the bus. Last Friday, I attempted to cross town using my trusty old 1992 Volvo 240. I've had the car since 2000, and I don't drive much so it's a bit dusty. But it works OK, or so I thought. I've been