Tag Archives: LACMA

Shafted

FullSizeRender.jpg-15.jpegUntitled (Shafted) // Barbara Kruger // digital-print installation // 2008

Who knew riding in a elevator you could experience a work of art. In an enormous glass elevator at LACMA visitors have the opportunity to view a digital-print installation by Barbara Kruger. As the elevator ascends and descends riders catch glimpses of text, however the elevator car blocks words, compromising the entirety of the phrase. Kruger is known for juxtaposing imagery and phrases from everyday life, leaving the viewer to question the intended meaning.

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Picasso & Rivera

FullSizeRender.jpg-12.jpegPablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. Two artist living in different cities at the same time. What possibly could they have in common? Much more than you think. Despite Picasso living in Spain and Rivera living in Mexico, both artists were inspired by historical works (antiquities for Picasso, Mesomerica for Rivera) yet developed styles of 20th century modernism unique to them yet had remarkable similarities. Cubism is one such style painted by Picasso and Rivera. While Picasso is best known for his work in Cubism, as he is considered one of the founders of the movement, Rivera also made great strides in his cubist pieces. This can best be exemplified in Picasso’s Man with a Pipe (Homme au chapeau melon assis dans un fauteuil) and Rivera’s Sailor at Lunch (Fusilero marino).

FullSizeRender.jpg-9Portrait of Sebastià Junyer Vidal // Pablo Picasso // oil on canvas // June 1903

FullSizeRender.jpg-8The Era (La Era) // Diego Rivera // oil on canvas // 1904

FullSizeRender.jpg-11Man with a Pipe (Homme au chapeau melon assis dans un fauteuil) // Pablo Picasso // oil on canvas // 1915

FullSizeRender.jpg-7Sailor at Lunch (Fusilero marino) // Diego Rivera // oil on canvas // 1914

FullSizeRender.jpg-10Woman in a Blue Veil (la femme au voile bleu) // Pablo Picasso // oil on canvas // Fall 1923

FullSizeRender.jpg-6(L) Seated Standard Bearer // Mexico, Aztec, Veracruz, 1250-1521 // sandstone, laminated (R) Frida’s Friend (El Amigo de Frida) // Diego Rivera // oil on canvas // 1931

 

Hirshhorn

IMG_0102.jpgAs one of the many museums located on the National Mall, the Smithsonian’s Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden showcases masterpieces of modern and contemporary art. The circular building, which includes an interior courtyard, was designed by the famed architect Gordon Bunshaft. With artists ranging from Ron Mueck, Hamish Fulton and Ed Ruscha, these were a few of my favorites.

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IMG_0016Untitled (Big Man) // Ron Mueck // pigmented polyester resin on fiberglass // 2000

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Bust of Diego on a Stele II // Alberto Giacometti // bronze // 1958

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Woman // Willem de Kooning // oil paint on wood // 1965

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Window // Gerhard Richter // oil paint on canvas // 1968

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Moonrise Kent England, 30 September 1985 // Hamish Fulton // paint and vinyl on wall // 1985

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From Continent to Continent // Mario Merz // steel, glass, neon, clay & metal cables // 1985

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The Los Angeles County Museum on Fire // Ed Ruscha // oil paint on canvas // 1965-1968

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Fish // Alexander Calder // metal, paint, wire, plastic, wood, glass & ceramic // 1944

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Untitled // Jannis Kounellis // stone & plaster fragments // 1980

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Untitled // Robert Gober // plywood, iron, plaster, latex, paint & lights // 2003

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Still Life with Spirit and Xitle // Jimmie Durham // car, volcanic stone & acrylic paint // 2007

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“Charm” (Sexual Self-Portrait)

sssssssss.jpg“Charm” (Sexual Self-Portrait) // Keith Lewis // 2002 // from the series Bawdy Baubles // gilded silver, enamel, horn & bone

One of the more sexual pieces of jewelry in LACMA’s recent exhibition “Beyond Bling: Jewelry From the Lois Boardman Collection” is Keith Lewis’s ‘Charm (Sexual Self-Portrait).” The bracelet consists of penis charms made of gilded silver, enamel, horn and bone. Keith Lewis is a jewelry designer and metalwork artist who has used jewelry as an activist tool, and fashion statement, for human sexuality and attitudes towards sexual identity.

Smoke

fullsizerender-50Smoke // Tony Smith // 1967, fabricated 2005 // sculpture // painted aluminum // Installation: 290 x 564 x 396 in

Billowing upwards in LACMA’s Ahmanson Building is Tony Smith’s black minimalist sculpture “Smoke.” Towering 24 feet high and 48 feet in length, visitors are allowed to walk underneath this monumental installation. This colossal sculpture is confined but seemingly struggling to escape the building, its hexagonal nature towering above the passing visitors.

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LACMA Outside

fullsizerender-36Primal Palm Garden // Robert Irwin // Photograpbys by Philipp Scholz Rittermann

When thinking of outdoor art at LACMA “Urban Lights” and “Levitation” comes to mind. But lets make sure we don’t forget the other wonders you can find outside the museum walls such as the large Alexander Calder fountain “Three Quintains (Hello Girls) and Robert Irwin’s “Primal Palm Garden,” (which you can also see in photographs by Philipp Scholz Rittermann inside LACMA’s Ahmanson Building). But perhaps the most intriguing, the white and black square that reads “Like, Man, I’m Tired (of Waiting). Maybe it relates to the long wait to see “Rain Room”? You tell me.

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Three Quintains (Hello Girls) // Alexander Calder // 1964 // sculpture // sheet metal, paint, motor // Overall: 275 x 288 in

Toba Khedoori

fullsizerender-62Untitled (walkway) // Toba Khedoori // 1998 // oil & wax on paper

Huge sheets of white paper cover white walls. Extremely intricate drawings occupy a small portion of the paper leaving large amounts of negative space. Some drawings depict details of an auditorium, an apartment complex or a storm cloud. Some create illusions which tempt the viewer to want to walk through the work. Australian artist Toba Khedoori’s works present the viewer with various perspectives of everyday, mundane objects.

fullsizerender-65Untitled (seats) // Toba Khedoori // oil & wax on paper

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Untitled (table and chair) // Toba Khedoori // 1999 // oil, pencil & wax on paper

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Untitled (clouds) // Toba Khedoori // 2005 // oil & wax on paper

Islamic Art Now, Part 2

FullSizeRender 60.jpgIllumination Diptych (Ottoman Waqf) // Ahmed Mater // 2010 // gold leaf, tea, pomegranate, Dupont Chinese ink & offset X-ray film print on paper

Earlier in the year I posted on LACMA’s showcase of their newly acquired Islamic works. The post referred to Part 1 of the exhibition. LACMA recently showcased Part 2 which included a works in a variety of media from installation, to sculpture, to photography to video. These were some works that I found particularly intriguing.

jSepeleshk // Iman Safaei // 2014 // iron

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Untitled (Shubbak VI) // Sherin Guirguis // 2013 // mixed media on hand-cut paper

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Untitled // Kamran Sharif // 2015 // copper alloy

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Whoever Obeys Allah, He Will Make for Him a Way Out // Nasser Al Salem // 2012

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Untitled // Shadi Ghadirian // From the series Like Every Day // 2000 // inkjet print

Translated Vase

IMG_6715Translated Vase // Yee Sookyung // Ceramic discards, epoxy, 24k gold leaf // 2013

Korean celadon ware is my favorite type of pottery. Dating back to the Goroyo Dynasty in Korea, I love the green/blue color of celadon. Contemporary artist Yee Sookyung, inspired by this traditional form of pottery, creates new works of art out of celadon. Yee Sookyung visits practicing Korean kiln sites and collects their discarded pieces. She then assembles the scraps together with gold leaf to create a new sculpture. Just as one person’s trash is another’s treasure, here the trash of potters becomes the treasured materials used to create her vases.

Levitated Mass

FullSizeRender 33Levitated Mass // Michael Heizer // Diorite granite & concrete // 340 tons // 2012

What’s that towering over in the distance? No, not the palm trees. Is that a giant rock? Is that a work of art? A rock, really? In fact, yes that rock is one of LACMA’s outdoor works of art. Titled Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer, this rock has become famous in the city of Los Angeles. After searching years for the perfect rock, Heizer found this beauty in Riverside, California. This 340 ton sculpture was shipped down the freeway, crossed city streets and eventually found its new home at LACMA. People partied, proposed marriage and celebrated around the work and it became an overnight celebrity. Still questioning a rock as a work of art? Check out the film Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Sculpture. You will have a ton of fun.