Monday, September 15, 2008
BCAM & Lazarof at LACMA
Gina and I played hooky on Friday and kicked around LACMA for a couple of hours. Actually, we were mostly at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (which has a spectacular elevator, check it out!), which is kinda sorta part of LACMA but not totally. It's complicated. BCAM is full of contemporary masterpieces, but I'd say my faves are Robert Rauschenberg's. I so love his "combines." It's always a treat to see Jeff Koons's monumental, mirthful works, like Balloon Dog (Blue) and Cracked Egg (Red), shown at left. You can view a pretty nifty slide show of each floor of works at BCAM, just click here.
But being a Modern Art junkie, I really LOVE the new Janice and Henri Lazarof Collection, an incredible treasure trove of modern masterpieces that the Lazarofs donated to LACMA late last year. How lucky we are to have this collection in a public space!! With dozens of works by Brancusi, Degas, Giacometti, Kandinsky (like this one at left), Klee, Picasso, Pissarro, this fractional and promised gift of 130 is truly a gift to the public. Hats off to the Lazarovs for the generosity.