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Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Broad Museum, Part II

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 from last week. Above, Jeff Koons' Tulips (1995-2004). 

Admission is free - but we highly recommend getting a ticket ahead of time, to avoid waiting in line. Info can be found here

The Broad features 50,000 square feet of gallery space with artwork from two hundred different artists, including: 

Ellsworth Kelly's 1968 Blue Red. 

Ellsworth Kelly's 1970 Green Angle. 

Ed Ruscha 1964 Norm's, La Cienega, on Fire. 

What constitutes art? My daughter's expression was how we both felt about Cy Twombly's 2006 The Rose (V). 

Then, of course, there's Joseph Beuys' 1972  Silberbesen und Besen ohne Haare (Silver Broom and Broom without Hair). I'm guessing they had to tell the custodial staff that, yes, this is art ... don't use them, or throw them out. 

Here's four different works by New York based pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997):

1962 Live Ammo (Blang) 

Rouen Cathedral, Set 3 (1968-1969). 

Mirror #1 (1969).

I...I'm Sorry! (1965-66).

I actually really enjoyed  At a First Aid Center in Vietnam (1971). Artist Malcolm Morley's turned photographer Larry Burrow's 1966 photograph into an equally moving oil painting. 

Weird. Jeff Koons' Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988) was just weird. Koon's work is a larger than life porcelain statute of the King of Pop - and his pet chimpanzee, and is part of Koon's "Banality Series." Three identical versions were created, with one selling for $5.6 million in 2001. 

Another piece by Jeff Koons, this one much more whmiscal and fun: Balloon Dog (Blue) (1994-2000). Similar to his Tulips, what looks like a latex balloons is mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. Really cool. 

Both my kids enjoying Balloon Dog (Blue). Plenty of Instragram photos on their part. 

How much is this worth? No idea, but in 2013, a similar work Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for an incredible $58.4 million, making it the most expensive work by a living artist ever sold.

My wife, kids, and I in front of Balloon Dog (Blue).  

More next time.

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