Another day at LACMA

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
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Trip End Oct 14, 2011


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Tuesday, June 7, 2011




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My original plan was to have already left Los Angeles by now but, due to the snow on Half Dome, I've had to change my plans. I decided I'd go back to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) since there was so much I didn't have time to see on my previous visit.

I went through the exhibits for Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Art of the Ancient World, European Art, Islamic Art and South and Southeast Asian Art as well as the Gifts of the Sultan: The Art of Giving at the Islamic Court; David Smith: Cubes & Anarchy; Human Nature: Contemporary Art From the Collection; and Elizabeth Taylor in Iran.

They don't have a lot of pieces on display in the Contemporary Art space since the pieces are so large. They have two Richard Serra pieces that are enormous. They're tall sheets of steel that curve around and form odd-shaped spaces. Another large piece on display is a Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons. It's strange, but fun.

I went through the Modern Art exhibit, again, but much more slowly this time. They had a lot of works I liked.  Among them were lots of Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger and Georges Braque cubist pieces, a couple Constantin Brancusi birds and some interesting Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky pieces.

I went through the Art of the Ancient World, Islamic Art and South and Southeast Asian Art exhibits relatively quickly. There were a lot of interesting pieces but I don't really know anything about it and don't recall the details about any specific pieces.

The European Art exhibit is quite large. They have pieces from the 12th to the early 20th Century. Some styles, such as the Dutch Golden Age, are well represented. Others are not. They have one room of Impressionists but no Van Gogh or Pointillist pieces. They have quite a number of decorative arts pieces in with the paintings. They don't have a lot of furniture but they have some silver and china.

Even though this is my second visit, I still was there for about 8 hours. It's a huge museum with a lot to see.

I went to Red Medicine for dinner again.  I could only choose from the bar menu on my last visit and there were a couple items on their regular menu I wanted to try.  They looked terrific and tasted good too.
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