Thursday, October 30, 2008

a 'fair' day at the museum

There is always something new to see at LACMA...

I really wanted to see the newly opened Broad Contemporary Art Museum that holds some of the most iconic artworks from the last four decades. My pal (an amazing artist) CW and I set off to fill our id with some groovy art....BCAM’s sixty thousand square feet of gallery space are devoted primarily to groupings of works by single artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Baldessari, Jeff Koons and Richard Serra.
You are permitted to take non flash pictures of some of the permanent art at LACMA...
so here's a few of my favorite things...on this day anyway...

I don't know what it is about Richard Serra's 'Sequence' sculpture. It's just steel, large rusted steel that is 153 x846 x440...yet when you walk inside of this huge steel structure, you feel like you are wrapped all safe and sound in a cocoon...and it is strange how it evokes emotions as you walk through it.



and I have to say...we really loved it...

'Woman in Chair' by Joan Brown. The oil paint is so thickly applied that it creates wonderful texture.
I have always loved Modigliani. Seeing his art in person is a real treat.

Most of us are familiar with Roy Lichenstein's graphic dot art but I had never seen this piece which I really liked...
This amazing pattern on canvas looks like lace. But it's painted with oil on canvas by Yayoi Kusama.
The amazing and flowing "Fading Scroll" by El Anatsui
It's really something.




Then we were off to see the Vanity Fair Exhibit where I learned that Conde Nast was an actual person. I never knew that. I always thought it was just a very successful publishing company.
Though He died in New York City on September 19, 1942. Eight hundred people attended his funeral. Nast believed that women should have the opportunity to have the prettiest clothes, the prettiest surroundings, and every known method to make themselves more attractive. His magazines still exist today. You learn something every day...and I found this fascinating.
On display are all those amazing photographs that have appeared in Vanity Fair, (many of the more recent ones by the phenomenal photographerAnnie Leibovitz.) There is also a large display of those fabulous illustrated Vanity Fair Magazine Covers, which I found you can buy online at the Vanity Fair store. That's pretty cool. Here's just a few...but you can see more by clicking here...


I thought this cover above looked like Sarah and me!

Do you feel the energy in this February 1926 cover by A.H.Fish

Or the movement in this cover by Warren Davis August 1924


Filled up with art, till the next time...

5 comments:

margo said...

Love those Vanity Fair covers. Oh, yes, that one does look like you and Sarah. Wow. You should frame that one. That last pic is quite scary. It looks like a T-Rex. lol. No offense to whoever's shadow that is. :D

Captainsnaps said...

I would love to see the Vanity Fair photographs. I am going to see Annie Leibovitz in person when she does her NYC book signing in December. I cannot wait for that! Talk about an Icon! :)

seth said...

Great tour. Thanks for sharing. I saw Richard Serra's structures at MoMA in NYC and know exactly what you are describing. El Anatsui's work is amazing too!

ann h said...

The Vanity Fair covers are fabulous.Thanks.

angeljoy said...

Oh the colors and whimsy of the Vanity Fair covers.So much more beautiful and imaginative than what we see on most stuff today... Thanks for the virtual trip to the museum!