The idea of waiting for something
makes it more exciting.
It's the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's 50th anniversary, and to celebrate? Fifty new fabulous gifts (promised) to the museum! My parents got the invite but were unable to attend the patron party, and though I couldn't find someone to go last minute, I decided to take myself on a little artist's date. (Did any of you do the Artist's Way?)
Normally the patrons get a little coffee/dessert reception in the patio near Ray's Stark Bark, but this was a much swankier surprise!
This is a GREAT video! Old footage and birthday messages! :)
I checked out the first room of the exhibition, then decided to have my wine before exploring the rest of the works. I'm such a cheap date, one glass of wine and I have to wait around. Anyway ... on to the art!
Interior with Three Hanging Lamps, 1991
Oil and Magna on Canvas
Republic of Guinea, Baba peoples,
possibly late 18th century
Wood with pigments
At one point this piece of African art was in Matisse's studio!
I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
Two Women in a Garden, c. 1872
Oil on canvas
The richness I achieve comes from nature,
the source of my inspiration.
~Claude MonetFrançois Boucher
Standing in front of this lovely Monet, I suddenly became very emotional at the idea that this beautiful painting and all the others were going to be gifted to my museum, my city. I took it very personally ... in the very best way.
Leda and the Swan, 1742
Oil on canvas
Nature is too green and badly lit.
Melencolia I, 1514
If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided
that happens other if one is idle.
United Staes, 1928-1987
Two Marilyns, 1962
Silkscreen ink and pencil on linen
Don't think about making art.
Just get it done.
Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad.
Whether they love it or hate it.
While they are deciding,
make even more art.
As you can see, there is quite an array of works, which is pretty representative of the museum as a whole. A bit of everything and something for everyone. There were also some great old photos from Hawaii and Duke Kahanamoku's surfboard!
The Virgin wight he Host, 1860
Oil on canvas
Drawing is the honesty of art.
Active Flanders, c. 1430-94
Christ Blessing, 1480-85
Oil on Baltic oak panel
Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini
Italy (Rome), 1598-1680
Portrait of a Gentleman
One of my greatest influences the Italian artist
Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
United States, 1834-1903
Black Lion Wharf, 1859
From the "Thames Set," 1871
An artist is not paid for his labor
but for his vision.
Janus Reliquary Guardian Figure
Gabonese Republic or Republic of the Congo,
Kota Peoples, Ndassa group
Mid 19th century
Wood, copper, brass, iron and cowrie shell
Painting relates to both
art and life.
Neither can be made-
I try to act in the gap.
United States, 1925-2008
Monday Duck (Urban Bourbon)
Acrylic on mirrored and bonded aluminum
Value the process.
Evert time I'v moved,
my work has changed radically.
It includes Toulouse-Lautrec's Jane Avril: Profile of a Woman (1893), Dance by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, Edouard Vuillard's Sacha guilty in His Dressing Room, 1911 (LOVE!), Nude study for Little Dancer by Edgar Degas modeled 1878, and the gorgeous Degas piece At the Café: The Song of the Dog, 1875. Amazing! This is a photo collage I made with my iPhone from the program.
I have tried to do what is true and not ideal.
~ Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Painting is the most beautiful of lies.
~Kees Van Dongen
Back to have to the reception to have an herbal tea in the reception ...
Groovy chairs, huh? I sat on the sofa though.
Red Concave Circle, 1970
Outside ... under Chris Burden's "Urban Light." (2008) Chris Burden passed away last month. To read more about him, click here.
'Limits' is a relative term.
Like beauty, it is often in the eye of the beholder.
Here's an very interesting interview with Michael Govan about the future of LACMA and about the collections. They show slides of the future building, as well as the the new acquisitions.
I love LACMA. I remember driving from Ventura when I was little to LA, having breakfast at the old IHOP on Wilshire and seeing the King Tut exhibition. It was a huge deal. I remember when I was maybe 19 going to the huge Hockney exhibition and falling in love with color ... and when I moved to L.A. it was a huge gift to my life. And then, 17 years ago I moved about 6 or 7 minutes away from the museum. Lucky lucky me!
To read about the Perenchio bequest and see more of that collection, click here.
To see all the gifts in the 50 for 50 show, click here.
as if it were necessary to understand,
when it is simply necessary to love.