This is a long overdue post about my visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last month. As a result, I’ve forgotten a lot about what happened, but it’s certainly an institution worth mentioning – and visiting. So here’s something more along the lines of a photoblog.
LACMA has the same categories of artwork as most big city museums – Eastern Art, European Painting and Sculpture, Decorative Textiles etc., but where it really shines is its modern art. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum not only has a hall filled with famous Warhol works, but it contains a number of pieces by SoCal artists, along with paintings by Pollock and Lichtenstein. In addition the entrance to the building, which is reached by going up a huge escalator, has probably one of the best views of the Hollywood Hills LA has to offer.
Across the courtyard, the Ahmason building hosts the Modern art collection, spanning surrealism, cubism, and abstract, with pieces from Otto Dix, Joan Miro, and Rene Magritte’s famous ceci n’est pas une pipe.
Admission to the museum is $12, but there’s a lot to enjoy for free. The aforementioned view of the Hills, several pieces of artwork outside the museum, and several cafes with impressive views and good ambience. I needed change for the bus (yes, LA public transport is actually quite reasonable – $1.25 per journey, which if you’re staying in Hollywood covers most of your trip) so I grabbed a $3 brownie from the complex’s central court after my artgazing. It was good.
LACMA is expanding, with at least two new buildings in construction towards the back of the campus.
More images can be found here