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Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Broad Museum, Part III

In September 2016, my wife kids and I were in Los Angeles and had time to spend a couple hours at the Broad in Downtown Los Angeles. Here's a link to Part I and Part II from the past couple of weeks. Above, my wife, kids, and I in front of Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog (Blue). 

Above, artist Robert Therrien's Under the Table. One of Therrien's other works was the "Stack of Places" (technically, calle "Untitled") located at the museum entrance. 

My kids - then 16 and 14 - thought Under the Table was really cool. 

Some other museum guests enjoying Under the Table helps give a sense of scale of the table and chairs. According the The Broad's website: 

In Under the Table, the viewer is both in the world of imaginary giants and in the world of remembered childhood. Fusing Alice in Wonderland with the Duchampian tradition of the readymade, Therrien constructs a doppelganger from an everyday object, both displaying his visual wit and actualizing literary or imaginative fantasy in three-dimensional space. The table exudes an extraordinary aura, compelling one to walk underneath the table and conjuring the physical memory of being under the table of one’s childhood home. Complicated and powerful, the work offers fresh ideas of what a table, sculpture, and memory can mean.

Another photo, with numerous visitors around Under the Table. 

More artwork: Roy Lichtenstein's 1991 Interior with African Mask.

Barbara Kruger's 1989 Untitled (Your Body is a Battleground).

Looked and looked, but I - unfortunately - can't find the title or artist. 

Yes, this is simply black paint on a canvas. 

Another view of Jeff Koons' Tulips.

Another view of one of the third floor galleries. 

I'm looking forward to (eventually) reading Daniel A. Siedell's God in the Gallery: A Christian Embrace of Modern Art. For a variety of reasons, modern art has a less than stellar reputation among many of my fellow Christians. 

Do I like everything in The Broad? No, of course, not. But I'd be hard pressed to find a museum where I like everything on display. I also recognize my personal understanding of art is fairly limited. 

In front of of Jeff Koons' Tulips. Colorful. Creative. Whimsical. And, yes, a tremendous amount of skill. 

Takashi Murakami's 2011 Of Chinese Lions, Peonies, Skulls, And Fountains.

Barbara Kruger's 1995 Untitled (You Are a Very Special Person). 

Lari Pittman's 1995 Like You 

A final look at Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog (Blue). 

More next time. 

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