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<P>Malick Sidibé: Untitled, 1967/ 2004Vintage silver gelatin print, glass, paint, cardboard, tape, and string4 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches image size, 7 7/8 x 10 1/8 inches framedsigned and dated on front </P>

Malick Sidibé: Untitled, 1967/ 2004
Vintage silver gelatin print, glass, paint, cardboard, tape, and string
4 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches
image size, 7 7/8 x 10 1/8 inches framed
signed and dated on front

Malick Sidibé: Studio Malick, Bamako, Mali
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Maloney Fine Art  •  28 February - 4 April 2015
 

This solo exhibition features vintage prints in original hand-painted glass frames. The show marks more than forty years of Malick Sidibé’s photographs of the lives of young people in Mali since the country’s independence from France in 1960. Portraying couples, marriage ceremonies, social clubs, sport events, and infants, Sidibé uniquely conveys the pride, exuberance, and beauty of his subjects. Now renowned, his work provides an extraordinary record of momentous social and cultural change.

Malick Sidibé was born in 1936 in southern French Sudan (now Mali) to a rural herding family. In 1952, his moved to Bamako to attend the prestigious National Institute of Art, graduating in jewelry production. In 1955, he apprenticed at the studio of a leading colonial French photographer, where he began to take portraits of African customers. At night the young photographer biked around to record local dance parties, growing popular for his pictures and his joie de vivre.

Sidibé opened Studio Malick in 1962 as a center for his portrait and documentary work, also serving early on as a popular gathering place for young people in Bamako. His photographs capture the joy, convictions, and desires of a post-colonial generation embracing such new freedoms as rock n’ roll and Western fashions. Over the subsequent decades, Sidibé has continued to depict rituals of social and personal identity. His work raises ever more vital questions about African nationality, self-expression, gender, and historical memory.

Malick Sidibé was the first African artist to be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Biennale, in 2007. He was the recipient of the Hasselblad International Award in Photography, in 2003, as well as the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 2008.



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Maloney Fine Art 
2680 South La Cienega Boulevard
(between Venice & Washington)
Los Angeles, California 90034


Tel: (1)310 570 64 20

<P>Joseph Mallord William Turner: <EM>The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834</EM>, 1834–35Oil on canvas 92.1 x 123.2 cm (36 1/4 x 48 1/2 in.) Philadelphia Museum of Art: The John Howard McFadden Collection, 1928 EX.2015.3.3.</P>

Joseph Mallord William Turner: The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834, 1834–35
Oil on canvas
92.1 x 123.2 cm (36 1/4 x 48 1/2 in.)
Philadelphia Museum of Art: The John Howard McFadden Collection, 1928 EX.2015.3.3.

J.M.W.Turner: Painting Set Free
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  J. Paul Getty Museum  •  24 February - 24 May 2015
 

One of the most influential painters of nature who ever lived, Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851) was especially creative and inventive in the latter years of his life, producing many of his most famous and important paintings after the age of 60. On view at the J. Paul Getty Museum J.M.W.Turner: Painting Set Free brings together more than 60 key oil paintings and watercolors from this culminating period of his career, and is the West Coast’s first major exhibition of Turner’s work.

In his later years, Turner’s continuing fascination with the sea reached a zenith. Although he respected existing conventions of marine painting, particularly its 17th-century Dutch roots, he consistently moved beyond them, turning the water into a theater for drama and effect. At the Royal Academy exhibitions, he confounded viewers with his bold portrayals of modern maritime action—whales and their hunters battling for survival—while striving to capture the mysterious depths and forces of the elements. Never having witnessed a whale hunt himself, he included a reference to Beale’s Voyage in the catalogues, acknowledging that his source of inspiration was Thomas Beale’s Natural History of the Sperm Whale (1839). (Herman Melville consulted the same book when writing Moby - Dick , published in 1851.)



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Los Angeles, CA 90049

Black Dolls: From the Collection of Deborah Neff
SAN DIEGO, UNITED STATES  •  Mingei International Museum  •  7 February - 5 July 2015
 

This exhibition presents over 100 unique handmade African-American dolls made between 1850 and 1940. Faithful yet stylized representations of young and old African Americans, the dolls portray playful boys and girls, finely dressed gentlemen and elegant young ladies, distinguished older men and stately, determined women of mature years. The dolls are believed to have been created by African Americans for children that they knew - members of their own families and communities as well as white children in their charge. Embroidered, stitched and painted faces express a variety of emotions–surprise, puzzlement, contentment and joy.

Black Dolls also includes rare nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographs of dolls, clutched by their young owners, or posed alone.



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Plaza de Panama
Balboa Park
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101


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<P>Funerary Vessel , South Italian, from Apulia, 340-310 B.C., terracotta red-figured volute krater attributed to the Phrixos Group. Image © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, AntikensammlungPhoto: Johannes Laurentius</P>

Funerary Vessel , South Italian, from Apulia, 340-310 B.C., terracotta red-figured volute krater attributed to the Phrixos Group.
Image © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung
Photo: Johannes Laurentius

Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Getty Villa  •  19 November 2014 - 11 May 2015
 
Thirteen elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy and the ways they used Greek myth to comprehend death and the afterlife. Displayed following a six-year conservation project at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, these monumental vessels also reveal the hand of Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of 19th-century Naples. His work exemplifies what one concerned antiquarian described as "dangerous perfection" as such interventions—especially the painted decorations—could be so effective it became difficult to identify what was ancient and what was modern. The vases on view offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be repaired and repainted.


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Contact: The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


Mercury (detail), Roman, A.D. 175-225; silver and gold
Mercury (detail), Roman, A.D. 175-225; silver and gold
Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Getty Villa  •  19 November 2014 - 17 August 2015
 

Accidentally discovered by a French farmer plowing his field near the village of Berthouville in rural Normandy in 1830, the spectacular hoard of gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was an ancient offering to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury. Following four years of conservation and research in the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Antiquities Conservation Department, the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, on view at the Getty Villa.

While the treasure – consisting of about 90 silver objects weighing more than 50 pounds – was first discovered in 1830, it was not until 1861 and again in 1896 that the site was extensively surveyed and excavated, uncovering the foundations of a Gallo-Roman fanum, a square colonnaded precinct with two temples. One was dedicated to Mercury Canetonensis (of Canetonum), while the other was devoted to his mother Maia or his consort Rosmerta. A theater-shaped gathering space was also found nearby. The site survey did not reveal any evidence of an ancient settlement or cemetery in the immediate area, so it’s possible that Mercury’s sanctuary at Berthouville was a place of pilgrimage, perhaps visited during annual festivals. The most impressive objects in the Berthouville Treasure bear Latin inscriptions stating that they were dedicated to Mercury by a Roman citizen named Quintus Domitius Tutus.

The exhibition also presents a variety of precious objects from the collection of the Cabinet des médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, one of the premier repositories of ancient luxury arts. The objects on display include the four newly restored Late Antique missoria , cameos, intaglios, gold coins and jewelry, marbles, and bronzes. These surviving artifacts from the Cabinet’s collection not only demonstrate the skills of Roman craftsmen but also provide valuable information about social relations at the height of the empire in the first to sixth centuries A.D. The four missoria, on view in the final section of the exhibition, were luxury objects in Late Antiquity. They were primarily intended to display the wealth, status, and cultural aspirations of their owners. The two largest platters are the famed “Shield of Scipio” (found in the Rhone near Avignon in 1636) and “Shield of Hannibal” (found in the Alps in 1714). The shape, scale, and imagery of these two platters led early scholars to erroneously identify them as votive shields of historical generals – the Roman Scipio Africanus and his rival, the Carthaginian Hannibal.



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17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 902
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Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Maroon 5
Maroon 5
Maroon 5
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES  •  The Forum  •  3 - 4 April 2015
 
The Los Angeles quintet is back with its third-studio album, entitled Hands All Over — a hybrid of rock, pop, funk, and R&B

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Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: The Forum
3900 W Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood,  CA  90305
Tel: (1) 310 330 73 00



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