Art History

Art History

Framed? A Rauschenberg is Silent Witness in a 1954 Brooklyn Murder


When historian Andrew Scott Carter tried to unravel the inspirations for Robert Rauschenberg’s 1954, Collection, he stumbled into a murder mystery.

Sixty years ago this month, four Jewish teenagers dubbed the “Kill for Thrills Gang” were accused of slaying black factory worker Willard Menter under the Williamsburg Bridge; during extended police questioning, they admitted to Read More

Art History

It’s the 50th Anniversary of Walter Hopps’s ‘New Painting of Common Objects’ Show Today

Ruscha's 1962 poster. (Courtesy Norton Simon Museum)

Here’s a little fact that’s sure to impress at this evening’s cocktail: today, Sept. 25, is the 50-year anniversary of the opening of “New Painting of Common Objects,” the early Pop art show that Walter Hopps organized at the Pasadena Art Museum. (A tip of the hat to the Facebook page of the Norton Simon Museum—formerly the PAM—for alerting us to the news.) Read More

Art History

15 College Art Association Sessions With Superb Titles

100 years of art history. (Courtesy CAA)

The Los Angeles art world is getting ready for the Oscars and putting the finishing touches on shows that will open over the next few days: Urs Fischer at Gagosian, for one! (Gallerist will have coverage of events in the city later this week.) But L.A. is also humming because the College Art Association is holding its 100th annual conference through Saturday, and thousands of art historians are in town to mingle, interview for jobs and present papers at panels with really wonderful names. Here are our 15 favorites: Read More