Eames, Ruscha, and Martin Johnson Heade

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Charles and Ray Eames
Eiffel Tower base on plastic side chair
bottom perspective

Charles and Ray Eames are evidently descended from Arp and De Stijl with an appetite for form and applied design infinitely capable of diminution and extension. You sit in airport furniture and watch a loop of films only comparable to Oldenburg (a famous gag from Toccata for Toy Trains appears in Finian's Rainbow, and a shot from IBM at the Fair in 2001: A Space Odyssey), and a rotating drum designed fifty years ago to demonstrate the durability of their molded-plywood chairs to MOMA (and reconstructed for this show) is out of order, but the chair is fine.

Rassurante activité, Ruscha's intersection prints; his photographs are unimpeachable.

Edward Ruscha
Greenblatt's Deli, 1976-1995
50.8 x 76.2 cm

Martin Johnson Heade
Approaching Thunder Storm

The Hudson River School lately boasts the membership of Martin Johnson Heade, a student of nature who records time and weather with pronounced accuracy.