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about adventurous curating,” Noble recalls. “We couldn’t
see the wall that well from the street, so we climbed up the side
of an auto garage next door to get to the roof. Here was James,
dressed elegantly as usual, and he had to pull himself up this building
in pursuit of art.”
after Noble’s large-scale fantasy, drawn with violent lines
and sharp angles with metallic textures, was removed from the lobby
wall, the artist is still basking in the thrill of the moment, having
captured a review in a British art magazine, a show at a posh Santa
Monica gallery and other important leads.
new visibility that these pieces by artists like Linnenbrink, Gabbiani
and Noble are bringing to the museum is critical as the Hammer continues
to aggressively fund-raise to make concrete a $25-million renovation
by architect Michael Maltzan. The museum is trying to raise the
last $9 million that will, among other things, complete the theater
a personal standpoint, however, Elaine is more focused simply on
giving emerging artists a chance to be seen in a distinguished venue.
just trying to show work that I believe in, that I love,”
he says. “I’m not trying to make anyone’s career.
The thrill of this job for me is to mentor when I can, to encourage,
to exhibit and hopefully to see something happen for them. So far,
I’m very encouraged.”
Lee is an associate editor of UCLA Magazine.