Tuesday, May 22, 2018

More than 500,000 people have visited the Museum of the Bible in its first 6 months

By Julie Zauzmer
A camera operator waits for an event to start beneath a projected star-scape at the Museum of the Bible’s November grand opening. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)
More than half a million people have visited the Museum of the Bible since Washington’s newest museum opened near the Mall six months ago, the museum said Friday. The museum, which opened in November with splashy attractions such as a walk-through Old Testament and a motion ride, was funded largely by the Green family, the evangelical Christian owners of the Hobby Lobby crafts chain. Christian tour groups especially have been drawn to the six-story museum, two blocks south of the Mall, that focuses on the history and influence of the Bible in America and worldwide. The tally of 565,000 guests in the first six months that the museum reported Friday places it in company with many of Washington’s other free museums. [More]

Robert Indiana, 89, who turned ‘Love’ Into enduring art, is dead

By Jori Finkel
A “Love” sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, commonly known as Love Park, in Philadelphia. Credit Matt Rourke/Associated Press
Robert Indiana, the Pop artist whose bold rendering of the word “love” became one of the most recognizable artworks of the 20th century, gracing hundreds of prints, paintings and sculptures, some 330 million postage stamps that he authorized and countless tchotchkes that he did not, died on Saturday at his home in Vinalhaven, Me. He was 89. His lawyer, James W. Brannan, said the cause was respiratory failure. Mr. Indiana’s famous image features the word L-O-V-E rendered in colorful capital letters, with the first two letters stacked on top of the other two, and the letter “O” tilted as if it were being swept off its feet. [More]

Monday, May 21, 2018

Collector's Kim and Michael McCarty tastes of California, imported to the East coast

Show Us Your Walls
By Ted Loos
Kim and Michael McCarty at home in New York with, from left, Laura Owens’s “Untitled” (2005), a drawing and collage on paper; Tim Hawkinson’s “Advance Receding,” in oil on structured canvas; and David Hockney’s “Study for Santa Monica Blvd.” (1979), in colored pencil on paper. Credit Daniel Dorsa for The New York Times
Woody Allen may have called Los Angeles a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light (that’s from “Annie Hall”), but the bicoastal restaurateur Michael McCarty and his wife, Kim McCarty, an artist, have spent 40 years proving that wrong, bringing top examples of West Coast creativity to the Big Apple. This couple have a Midtown Manhattan apartment filled with California-flavored art and objects, many of them works on paper, by Los Angeles residents like Tim Hawkinson, Frank Gehry, David Hockney, Laura Owens and Ed Ruscha. [More]