Yesterday, I went to the LACMA with my boyfriend, Stanley. We got there pretty late, a little after 3pm, so we didn’t have that much time to cover much of the museum (which is actually pretty huge, split up into a few separate buildings) but the first building we stepped into was the one I was probably the most interested in – the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA. In the last few years, I’ve met people who misunderstand, abhor and even despise the concept of modern art, but I am definitely not one of them. For me, the intensity of representation is one of the most defining things about art, and whether abstract, direct, simple or complex (often a mixture of all), I feel as if it’s often all about the ideas formed as well as the expressions evoked and expressed, no matter the form. Long story short, I noticed a few artists at the BCAM at LACMA: Inaugural Installations exhibition (and the rest of the museum) that I decided to do more research on.
The piece that caught my attention was the wall mural, Buildings = Guns = People: Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog). I noticed that the word “Hope” in the title corresponded to a giant print of a blue rose. After checking out the mural for awhile, I moved on to the other sections of the exhibit which included other paintings of Baldessari. He had a handful of really conceptual paintings, as well as some that were purely text against blank canvas. I found humor in his cynicism and view on modern art, and as an influential contemporary artist, I think he’d be good a good choice to look up.
Frankenthaler’s work reminded me vaguely of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s, so of course I had to do more research after seeing her work at the LACMA. Her abstract works had a certain graffiti style to them (akin to Twombly’s and Basquiat’s, in some ways), and it’s interesting to see how that they compare to her earlier more color-field style. I feel as if her style is easier to read and understand than Baldessari’s work, maybe because of the easy juxtaposition of the elements in her paintings. Either way, I definitely found her work to be interesting to observe.
Overall, I definitely found the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the LACMA to be worth going to. It’s not overwhelmingly large, nor is it too extensive (it mostly focuses on a few influential artists) but still, it’s been awhile since I’ve museum hopped, so it was nicely portioned cut of my day.