LACMA's Contemporary Art Wing Worth Visiting

By Giana Tansman (Contributor) [?]

Published: February 19, 2010 and Updated: February 22, 2010
Original LA News Desk Content

Last year, LACMA opened a new wing called BCAM: Broad Contemporary Art Museum. The collection is comprised of incredible pieces by well-known contemporary artists. Artists include the best of the best: Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Baldessari, Jeff Koons, Chris Burden, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Richard Serra, and others. The building is truly swathed with art so that the visitor is surrounded by images and feels alive with energy.

Outside the building is a series of lampposts that look interestingly different from every perspective. Inside, the elevator is encompassed by an 86-foot tall print by Kruger. The entire bottom floor is occupied by a two-part sculpture by Serra. One feels enveloped in a maze as he or she walks through the 36-foot high sculpture.

The museum’s pieces by Ruscha, Lichtenstein, Basquiat, and Warhol are some of the artists’ most famous. Basquiat’s most famous untitled piece hangs on the second floor, accompanied by Hirst’s unique utilization of the animal kingdom. Three walls are occupied by Hirst’s masterpieces. These pieces are made of butterfly wings and appear to be stained glass. Work by Robert Therrien is also featured on this floor. Therrien recreated everyday objects, such as a table and chairs, on a grand scale. Spectators walk under and around the simple furniture, providing an unusual perspective.

The third floor is a shrine to the most famous of the featured artists. Lichtenstein’s classic and dramatic cartoon style is wonderfully represented with many of his popular works, such as his plane crash illustrations. Of course, Warhol’s Elvis Presley prints and Marilyn Monroe screens take everyone’s breath away as they walk through the room.

BCAM came together perfectly to support the art it houses. It’s complicated and eye catching,and suits both art enthusiasts and contemporary art rookies.

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