Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hockney at LACMA, Broad Collection

David Hockney's small portrait of Celia Birtwell, protagonist of his 1971 masterpiece with then-husband Ossie Clark, mounted on a terra cotta painted wall at LACMA.  Link  

For painting of the hand, not till later did I notice the reference.

At the Broad, Murakami's ink jet mural from 2014,  In the Land of the Dead, Stepping  on the Tail of a Rainbow.

Though traditional scrolls emphasize emptiness, Murakami packs a full composition a la Wang Meng.
Murakami from afar, for scale.
Detail, Strips of Earth's Skin, El Anatsui, 2008
The larger view
Jeff Koon's Jim Beam - JB Turner Train, 1986, stainless steel and bourbon and Blue  Balloon Dog, 1994-2000, in background. 
Roy Lichenstein's Reflections on "Interior with Girl Drawing," 1990, a beautiful painting.
Something I enjoy about private collections is the portrait that emerges of the collector, in this case concerns with flat, perfect surfaces, mediation and technological processes. The collection is mostly male.
The juiciest painting on display outside of some Terry Winters works on paper: Boss by Ed Ruscha, 1960.
Looking light and watercolor-inspired, Sam Francis' Big Orange, 1954-55,  oil, 118 x  76 inches. 
Summer #1 from 1957 by Sam Francis.
Grey, Sam Francis - 119 x 76.
Blue and Yellow, 1954-55, 76 x 51 inches. The Broad's website as collection archive, is easy to reference.
Early, classic Christopher Wool.

At last a woman: Kara Walker's laser painted cut steel installation Burning African Village Play Set With Big House and Lynching, 2006, and African't, 1996, cut paper on wall given their own room - much appreciated.
Basquiat, Untitled, 1981, 81 x 69.25, acrylic, oilstick, canvas.

Basquiat, Obnoxious Liberals, 1982, 68 x 102 inches.

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