California

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive staff grows with Christina Yang as new chief curator

The museum’s director Julie Rodrigues Widholm has made several senior-level hires in her first year

California man admits to selling over $1m in forged art, purportedly by Richard Hambleton and Barkley Hendricks

Jason Harrington pleaded guilty to selling phony paintings to at least 15 galleries and individuals between 2018 and 2020

Further cuts at SFMoMA end its film programme, art loan gallery and publishing platform

Seven staff will also lose their jobs as tightened budgets and low attendance impact operations

Return to La La Land: art is back in California

Plus, artists' album covers, and Grace Jones in the Work of the Week

After avoiding layoffs, Oakland Museum of California now plans job cuts of 15%

Staff will shrink from 126 to 106 as institution pursues an organisational makeover

As state restrictions drag on, pressure grows for more California museums to reopen

With lockdown lifted for nail salons and zoos, anger rises over arts institutions’ continued closure, estimated to cost the sector $22m a day

Desert X loses venue for Judy Chicago ‘smoke sculpture’

Following environmental concerns, The Living Desert garden and zoo has pulled out of a planned project with the artist this month

Smoke sculptures, word gardens and a ‘jackrabbit homestead’: Desert X announces artist projects for third edition

Judy Chicago, Oscar Murillo, Nicholas Galanin and others to present works in Southern California's first major art event since the pandemic shutdown last year

Getty hands out more than $5m in grants for 2024 Pacific Standard Time festival

The next iteration of the region-wide exhibition series will focus on art and science

Governors propose ambitious plans to bring the arts back to California and New York

Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo have announced plans to support art institutions and artists hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic

Once greeted as a sensation, 1931 aluminum-clad house gets a boost for relocation at the Palm Springs Art Museum in California

$100,000 grant will advance an effort to reassemble and display Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher’s Modernist Aluminaire House

California needs a plan to restart the arts

There is not a person in the arts who wants to open until it is safe to do so, but we cannot even prepare to start without state guidelines

Hallucinogenic flower inspired Native Californian rock art, archaeologists say

“Doses” of datura plant used in communal ceremonies have been found embedded in the ceiling of Pinwheel Cave

Provocative Marilyn Monroe sculpture to return to Palm Springs—and the arts community is not happy about it

A plan to install the kitsch work in front of the city’s art museum has raised complaints from the community, which has called Forever Marilyn “blatantly sexist”

California man is charged with illegally importing an ancient mosaic, possibly from Syria

Indictment says the paperwork misrepresented the work’s quality and value

Compound, a space for art and wellness, to open in Long Beach, California

The inaugural programming includes displays of work by Glenn Kaino and Tavares Strachan and free yoga, meditation, and gardening classes

Los Angeles police recover $800,000 worth of stolen lithographs by Scottish artist Benjamin Creme

Missing since 2012, around 1,300 prints have been returned to their rightful owner, who used to sell Creme's works

Art storage demands flare as California fires rage

Calls for emergency art storage are putting pressure on art shipment and insurance firms

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles examines architecture and design amid housing crisis

A symposium bringing together architects and scholars from around the world takes place as homelessness surges in the state of California

Experts fear California's gig economy law will hit culture workers

Independent curators and handlers could be affected but no major changes predicted in museum recruitment practices

Oakland’s ‘museum of the people’ launches $85m capital campaign

Renovation aims to reflect the demographic diversity of the birthplace of the Black Panthers

Lawnews

Families express frustration over trial outcome in California's Ghost Ship fire

Acquittal for one man and deadlock on another on charges related to artists' compound shifts the focus to pending civil lawsuit

Main Museum’s mysterious closure serves as a cautionary tale about funding

Closure comes just weeks after three key staff members announced their departures

Action! Cinematic works abound at Frieze Los Angeles as galleries go all out for glamour

First LA edition of the British fair focuses on local artists and pieces that speak to a Hollywood crowd

Hits and misses at Palm Springs's second Desert X biennial

Some half-baked works mean this year’s event fails to live up to the promise of the first edition

Art and entertainment worlds cosy up at Frieze Los Angeles

Having for years viewed each other with suspicion, relations between agencies and galleries may start warming up

Artists’ homes and work destroyed in California wildfires

It was not just Malibu’s celebrities who lost their property in the Woolsey Fire that ravaged the beachside community

After a year-long journey in the California desert, Desert X's art rover Shybot is found

The missing and crowd averse work has been recovered in Palm Springs, a bit banged up but otherwise intact

Lawnews

Dalí foundation sues California museum for use of artist’s name and image

Monterey’s Dalí17, which displays the 500-work private collection of the Ukrainian-born real estate developer Dimitry Piterman, features the Surrealist’s face—complete with upturned moustache—on its logo

Lawnews

Appeals court largely strikes down California’s artist resale rights law

The decision limits the rule to a narrow one-year window of secondary market sales—but what does it mean for the future of droit de suite in the US?

Grants aim to find solutions to Bay Area artists’ housing crisis

Among the projects to receive $25,000 from the California College of Arts is an affordable live/work space for emerging artists and designers in Stockton

Bay Area commissions turn dismantled guns into art

The Robby Poblete Foundation, started by the mother of an aspiring artist and gun violence victim, aims to take guns off the street and draw attention to daily shootings in minority neighbourhoods

San Francisco promotes pro-immigrant projects

The programming series comes as Trump’s administration is fighting California over its "sanctuary state" laws

Marcia Hafif, California artist who found her calling in Italy, has died, aged 89

Like many other female artists of her generation, the painter and performer was overlooked by most of the art world until recently

Fury over artist’s plan to preserve prototypes of Trump’s border wall

Others, including the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, support Christoph Büchel’s proposal to turn the eight designs into national monuments

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Büchel’s feeble satire ignores the hateful reality of Trump’s wall

The petition to make the proposed border wall a National Landmark is one of the worst excesses of contemporary art and needs to be called out

Collectorsarchive

Californian collectors hit by tax rise

The rates for use tax and sales tax has increased to 7.5%

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California and New Mexico murals go digital with the Getty

Painstakingly documented by Ernest Long, this archive may be all that is left of many

Armenian restitution claims grow

Getty case may be tip of the iceberg

California’s controversial restitution bill

Move to make it easier for claimants to recover looted art is dividing the state

Dealers look to LA future as blue-chip galleries move west

Galleries such as Gagosian and Matthew Marks see opportunities, despite small collector base

Collectorsarchive

Collectors have turned a limestone cave in a Napa Valley hillyard into a unique private gallery space

The first curated cave installation is comprised of 19 works including pieces by Christopher Wool

Artist Interview: Matthew Monahan

Matthew Monahan’s work will be shown in upcoming exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery and the Rubell Collection

Booksarchive

Books: Sixties art in the US, a tale of two coasts

Eva Hesse’s tragic vision and the multifarious works by artists in California

Austria aims to dismiss restitution bid cleared by US Supreme Court

Maria Altmann is attempting to reclaim six Klimt paintings looted by the Nazis

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Rembrandt will ride again as reprinting is planned from his original plates

A Californian company prepares to sell etchings reprinted from the seventeenth-century plates

Los Angeles' County Museum of Art to hold exhibition of French Art sourced from Southern Californian collections

Monet, Renoir and Picasso will be some of the big names represented in the show, opening 9 June