previews

  • John Lautner, Chemosphere (Malin residence), 1960, Los Angeles. Photo: Julius Schulman/Julius Schulman Photography Archive, J. Paul Getty Trust.

    John Lautner

    The Lighthouse
    11 Mitchell Lane
    March 19 - July 12

    Hammer Museum
    10899 Wilshire Boulevard
    July 13 - October 12

    Curated by Frank Escher and Nicholas Olsberg

    Architect John Lautner's hillside houses and roadside restaurants stand as glamorous landmarks in the contradictory dreamscape of postwar Los Angeles. Contrived to deliver expansive views from difficult sites, they are eccentric, high-tech, nature-infatuated refuges from the freeway. This ambitious retrospective features more than one hundred works made between 1940 and 1994 (the year of Lautner's death), including drawings, short films, and a slide show. The most convincing heir of Frank Lloyd Wright's organicism, Lautner constantly struggled to distinguish his late-Romantic visions from the glittering, self-absorbed city that supported him. By presenting Lautner's lesser-known efforts as well as his LA icons, like Googie's Coffee Shop and the Chemosphere, this show offers a chance to assess the depth of his stylish idiosyncrasies. Travels to the Lighthouse, Glasgow, Mar. 19–July 12, 2009; and other venues.

  • Marlene Dumas, The Woman of Algiers, 2001, oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 39 1/2".

    Marlene Dumas

    MOCA Geffen Contemporary
    152 North Central Avenue
    June 22 - September 22

    MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
    11 West 53rd Street
    December 14 - February 16

    Curated by Connie Butler

    By the artist's own design, Marlene Dumas's paintings and drawings flirt with ambiguous meaning and slippery narrative. Such open-endedness has been reflected in the critical reception of her work, which has been understood alternately as confessional, expressive, process-based, and demonstrative of theories of feminism, race, and global dislocation. Midcareer surveys often pull even the most recalcitrant art into focus, and this exhibition of sixty paintings and twenty-five drawings of the South African–born, Amsterdam-based artist should either consolidate existing interpretations or open onto new ones. Organized thematically and by series, and in association with MoMA, the show offers a singular chance to see a collection of refreshingly multifarious work. Travels to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Dec. 14, 2008–Feb. 16, 2009.