Laguna Art Museum Named Best of OC by OC Register

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. It was announced Friday, September 24, that Laguna Art Museum was named as Critic's Choice for Best Museum and Reader's Choice for Best Art Gallery for the OC Register's 2010 Best of OC issue. . >> Click here to see Best Museums in Orange County . >> Click here to see Best Art Galleries in Orange County . Here is what art critic Richard Chang had to say about Laguna Art Museum: . "The Laguna Art Museum is the county's leading museum for California art, and rivals the … [Read more...]

Shacks and Cottages in Old Laguna

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You may be asking yourself, "How does Laguna Art Museum's current Art Shack exhibition tie in to its surrounding community?" Well our curators did a little digging through our archives, and here is what they found... . The early settlers of Laguna Beach referred to their homes as cottages as most were small, single-story wood (board and batten) dwellings. The first pioneering settlement was made in 1871 by Eugene Salter, who claimed 152 acres and built a one-room shack on his property. He … [Read more...]

Ed Hardy TATTOO THE WORLD Trailer

Next Wednesday, September 22, Don Ed Hardy will be at the Museum singing autographs and answering questions about Ed Hardy TATTOO THE WORLD, a documentary Emiko Omori made on his life. . We came across this promo video today. Check it out! The film is about the Ed Hardy's journey, his unexpected rise to cult status, and his phenomenal influence on pop culture. . . Only 75 seats are available for this intimate screening! Tickets are $15.00 each and are based on a first-come, first-served … [Read more...]

Docent of The Year Announced

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. Docent of the Year Tracy Young leading a student tour group. . On Wednesday, September 15, Laguna Art Museum docent corps members and staff members gathered for a beautiful luncheon at Madison Square & Garden Café, hosted by Jon Madison and organized by 2009-2010 Docent of the Year Maureen Somodi and Education Curator Jackie Bunge. The group came together to celebrate the Museum's volunteer docents and to announce the 2010-2011 Docent of the Year, Tracy Young. Tracy joined the Museum … [Read more...]

California Assemblage and Art Shacks

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From our curators: . “Collage and Assembly are two of the most important innovations of twentieth century art. Among their many talents, all of these artists are masters of recycling the everyday and finding beauty in the discarded ordinary.” – Walter Hopps . Assemblage art can be characterized as a process in which a composition is made from combining found objects and collage that are usually altered in the process. It can be seen as an expression or statement by artists commenting on our … [Read more...]

Artist Spotlight: Don Ed Hardy

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Clockwise from left: Don Ed Hardy inside his art shack Tat Cat Shack (Tattoo Hut); Hardy as a young boy playing "tattoo shop" with is friends; Hardy displaying his art at Laguna Beach's Festival of Arts c. 1962; Laguna Art Museum Director Bolton Colburn, Don Ed Hardy, and Art Shack curator Greg Escalante on the opening night of Art Shack at Laguna Art Museum. . With one foot in the world of tattooing and the other planted in the fine arts, Don Ed Hardy has had an unexpected rise to cult status … [Read more...]

For Your Weekend

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Looking for something to do in Orange County this weekend? Well, you could visit our current exhibition Art Shack which has been described as "groundbreaking" and "an art triumph not to be missed," or you could check out these events taking place around Orange County: . >> Friday, September 10 (5:30 p.m.): Sunset Serenades at Heisler Park (Laguna Beach) . >> Friday, September 10 (8:00 p.m.): Misalliance opens at South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa) . >> Saturday, September … [Read more...]

Art News: Bravo’s Work of Art Hosts Open Call in LA

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Image sources, clockwise from top: 1, 2, 3 . Via David Ng at the Los Angeles Times: . It's official: There will be a second season to Bravo's reality series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. . Producers of the series announced Wednesday that they will be holding open casting calls later this month in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. In the announcement, they said that like last season, the show is looking for people ranging from "recent art school graduates to artists with gallery … [Read more...]

Artist Spotlight: Liz McGrath

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Los Angeles-born artist Elizabeth McGrath has always had an eye for the strange beauty in the grotesqueries of life; this appreciation is nowhere more evident than in her work. Inspired by the relationship between the natural world and the detritus of consumer culture, she brings forth a new cavalcade of creatures from the darker corners of the streets, the city, the imagination. It is this melancholy interaction between man-made status symbols and suffering specimens of nature that make up her … [Read more...]

Curator of Exhibitions Invited to MOCA Taipei

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. Starting on September 2, 2010, Laguna Art Museum's Curator of Exhibitions Grace Kook-Anderson is traveling to Taipei, Taiwan to take part in a panel discussion in conjunction with MOCA Taipei's current exhibition Fights, Flights & Frights - Inside the Storm. The exhibition is produced by Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (headquartered in Irvine) and curated by Tim Campbell who collaborated with Grace when she curated WoW: Emergent Media Phenomenon at Laguna Art Museum in 2009. Grace will be … [Read more...]