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Deconstructing Hollywood at MoCA LA

Los Angeles, 9 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is presenting an upcoming exhibition of work by Francesco Vezzoli, entitled “Cinema Vezzoli”, from 27 April to 11 August. Through his deconstructed images, the Italian artist explores the impact of the Hollywood film industry upon the contemporary art world. Vezzoli elevates popular culture symbols to the status of “high art”, whilst at the same time questioning the concepts behind this idea. He aims to expose the current fascination with politics, fame, and celebrities’ private lives. Organised by MOCA’s Senior Curator, Alma Ruiz, the show is to debut a new work created specifically for the museum. Francesco Vezzoli was born in 1971 in Brescia, Italy, and lives and works in Milan. He studied at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, and his work has been exhibited at institutions including the New Museum (New York), Fondazione Prada (Milan), Tate Modern (London), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture...

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Mike Kelley retrospective at MOCA LA

Los Angeles, 27 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The MOCA — Museum of Contemporary Art — Los Angeles is to present a retrospective exhibition of the work of Mike Kelley from 31 March to 28 July. “Mike Kelley” is to be one of the most important shows ever dedicated to the American artist, presenting an overview of his work across 200 pieces created between 1970 and 2012. Both protean and innovative, his work seeks to distance itself from American popular culture influences. Caught between tradition and modernity, Kelley’s work represents an uncompromising vision of America. For the exhibition’s opening, a performance of Pansy Metal, Clovered Hoof is to be given on 30 March: a piece created in 1989 by Mike Kelley in collaboration with the choreographer Anita Pace. A musical performance has also been organised by Kim Gordon, a former member of the band Sonic Youth, and the artist Jutta...

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Artists restore their trust in MOCA LA’s board of directors

Los Angeles, 21 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). After an almost two-year absence, artists John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie are to rejoin the board of directors of the MOCA Los Angeles. These three artists, alongside Ed Ruscha, left the museum’s board in July 2012 in protest against the previous director, Jeffrey Deitch. Deitch was the subject of numerous criticisms, notably linked to the sharp decrease in donations to the museum, which fell by $4 million between 2010 and 2011. As a former New York art dealer, he later admitted he had trouble securing funding in a world he was unfamiliar with. The artists were also affected by the departure of Paul Schimmel, who had been an influential exhibition curator at the MOCA. Ed Ruscha has not rejoined the board of directors, as he has since been appointed to the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has been replaced by Mark Grotjhan, a popular Californian artist. The MOCA’s board now therefore counts four artists amongst its members. Baldessari, Kruger and Opie’s return marks renewed confidence in and support of Philippe Vergne, the museum’s new director, who took up the role in January. It is a long tradition of the MOCA to have a strong artist presence on its board of directors: artists have always featured on the board since the museum’s inception in 1979. Nicknamed “the artists’ museum”, the MOCA has always emphasised its desire to be governed by the very creators that it exhibits. Robert Irwin and Sam Francis were members of the board in the 1980s, followed by Robert Graham during the 1990s. Artist members do not have to donate the annual $75,000 required for regular trustees to occupy a seat – who also have to make an obligatory, one-time donation...

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MOCA LA adds 31 pieces to its permanent collection

Los Angeles, 4 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles has announced the aquisition of 31 new artworks to add to its permanent, 6,800-strong collection. The works have come from both donations and purchases: the donations include a limited edition portfolio of twelve photographic prints, including Marina Abramović’s The Family (2006), Untitled (2006) by Shirin Neshat, and B-52 Crater / Whisper (2006) by Allan Sekula. Pieces acquired by MOCA include Desire for Zero Gravity, March 7 2012 (2012) by Cai Guo-Qiang, Rodney McMillian’s Representation of a Landscape as a Wall (2012), and the work Diet Piece: Moral Kinship (2013) by Samara Golden. The additions were made possible thanks to the museum’s Acquisition and Collection Committee, its photographs and drawings department and donations from artists and other patrons. Several of the works have been recently exhibited in MOCA...

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“Room to Live” at MOCA LA

Los Angeles, 3 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The MOCA in Los Angeles is presenting the exhibition “Room to Live: Recent Acquisitions and Works from the Collection” until 31 March. The show, which opened in autumn 2013, celebrates the museum’s renewed permanent collection and its new acquisitions. Curator Bennet Simpson designed “Room to Live” to be a panorama of contemporary art, selecting works dating from the 1960s to today, realised in a broad range of media – installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and video. Amongst the artists with pieces exhibited are Fischli & Weiss, Nan Goldin, Samara Golden, Rodney McMillian and Marnie...

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