Thursday, August 2, 2012

LACMA - Art Mix And A Big ol' Rock.

A couple of weeks ago I finally made it over to see Levitated Mass at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Levitated Mass became kind of big deal in L.A. In large part, because of what it took to get this 340-ton megalith, the 105 miles, from Riverside County to Wilshire and Fairfax. Actually, it's close to 6th Street, but anyway the rock finally made it, and so did I.

Levitated Mass

To get a better idea of the 11 day journey, that traveled no faster than 5 to 8 miles an hour, check out this YouTube video ...

Before heading to see levitated mass (above), we (my friend Marcello and I) walked through the other galleries. Here's a little sampling of what we saw. Remember to click on the photo to enlarge! :)

Group of Figures (Groupe de Personnages)
Joan Miro'

Egyptian relief ... I forgot to write down the info on this, but isn't it beautiful?!

Michael Heizer: Actual Size
"A series of fifteen individual photographic prints from 1970 of actual size monolithic rocks. Taken together, Levitated Mass and these installations make a statement about humanity that is both sweeping in scope and specific to our time. "We live in a world that's technologic and primordial simultaneously," Heizer has said. "I guess the idea is to make art that reflects this premise."

Sorry it's a little dark to see ... 

Loved the life sized photos in the exhibition. 
Marcello and I had some fun with this. 

Archangel Raphael
Italy, Naples  c.1600
Polychromed and gilded, wood 70 inches  
(he's up on a podium so he seems to hover over the gallery - he's beautiful and totally awesome! :)

Drouet, 1859  (Love how gorgeous and loose this Whistler is! He was the man!)
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Print, Etching and drypoint

October   (click to enlarge!!! This piece is so so beautiful!!!)
George Inness
Oil on panel, 1882

The Cotton Pickers
Winslow Homer

Here we go! Heading down the 456-foot-long concrete slot, over which they placed the big old rock! 

Love the play of light and shadow ...

There was a guy underneath it hanging out with his kid for awhile, which just seemed wrong. I ran.

And out I went ... to the other side.

The best thing, with all the hype of this rock coming, was that it has brought so many people to the museum!

For more on Levitated Mass click here.

Congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant
and broken the monotony of a decorous age.
~Emerson quotes

Hope you are all enjoying the summer!
Blessings and light!


Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Oooh. Fun and pretty wild. Yet...It makes me consider cutting my arm of. Subconsious is a wild wild place.

Hope you are and your abdomen....

Kerry O'Gorman said...

What a strange thing to do with a giant rock! Museums are the best. We just came back from Seattle and the highlight was the Dale Chahully glass garden which I will post about soon! Glad you came out fine on your surgery!

rjerdee said...

good stuff! thanks for the visual lifts!

AVY said...

Almost makes me want to go home but I love the Met too.


Cobalt Violet said...

Thanks for the comments and Linda you are hilarious with your "127 hours" reference!!! lol!

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