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2013.02.10 Los Angeles County Museum of Art


It's been a while since we've seen some art, not since our trip to Washington. Today we get some, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which is hosting two special exhibitions: works by Italian Renaissance artist Caravaggio (Michaelangelo Merisi) , and artifacts from the career of film director Stanley Kubrick .

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian artist active from 1593-1610 best known for his radical nauralism, with dramatic scenes of religious and everyday themes and use of lighting against a dark background. The exhibit had a few Caravaggio pieces and mostly works by others inspired by his style.

His complete works are quite extensive and inspired modern movie cimetographers.


Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness


The Toothpuller

Simon Vouet
Saint Jerome and the Angel
Michael Helzer : Levitated Mass

Levitated Mass is a 2012 sculpture, one of the newest of LACMA's holdings.




A 340-ton boulder suspended over a 456-foot-long trench, surrounded by 2.5 acres of crushed granite.



    In another section of LACMA was a large-format photography exhibit of the boulder's selection.
Modern Art
LACMA is often criticised for its lack of much art produced after 1970. However, its holdings of "Modern Art" is quite exemplary. Many of what you'll see here are recognizable classics, and we got to see them in person and I got to take pictures, despite LACMA's very-poorly-communicated restrictions on when photographs were and weren't allowed.

Henri Matisse
La Gerbe (The Sheaf)

Magnus Zeller
The Orator

Wassily Kandinsky
Untitled Improvisation III

Otto Dix

Wassily Kandinsky

Paul Klee

Marc Chagall
Violinist on a Bench

Josef Hoffman
Four-piece Tea Set

Joseph Maria Olbrich
Pillar Cabinet (Pfeilerschrank)

Koloman Moser
Bookcase from the Apartment of Dr. Hölzl, Vienna

Gerrit Rietveld
Red-Blue Chair

Alexander Archipenko
Still Life with Book and Vase on Table

Edgar Degas
The Dancers

Henri Matisse
Woman Resting

Willem de Kooning
Seated Woman

Adolph Gottlieb
Expectation of Evil

Hans Hofmann

Lee Krasner
Desert Moon

Willem de Kooning
Montauk Highway

Mark Rothko
White Center

Jackson Pollock
Black and White Number 20

Jackson Pollock
Number 15

Man Ray
Gift (Cadeau)

Frank Stella
Getty Tomb

Claes Oldenburg
Giant Pool Balls

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Persona Che Guarde

Jasper Johns
Figure 7

Christo (Christo Javacheff) (Christo)
Portrait of Ray

Roy Lichtenstein
Cold Shoulder

Andy Warhol
Campbell's Soup Can

René Magritte
The Liberator

René Magritte
The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe / Ceci n'est pas une pipe)

Piet Mondrian
Composition in White, Red, and Yellow

Pablo Picasso
Weeping Woman with Handkerchief

Pablo Picasso
Young Woman in Striped Dress

Pablo Picasso
The Cock

Joan Miró
Animated Forms

Joan Miró
Group of Figures

Henri Matisse
Jeannette I to V

Henri Matisse

Georges Braque
Boats on the Beach

Pablo Picasso
Portrait of Sebastián Juñer Vidal

Pablo Picasso
Head of a Woman

Georges Braque
Still Life with Violin

Amedeo Modigliani
Young Woman of the People
Stanley Kubrick
The Stanley Kubrick exhibition was a showcase of the director's career through artifacts like production stills, diagrams, models and other ephemera. Crowded and rather dimly-lit, these photos only give a hint of what was displayed.

Kubrick's set chair

movie posters

Early photographic work for Look magazine


A collection of his camera lenses
Dr. Strangelove    



2001: A Space Odyssey    




costume studies

on-set stills

Centrifuge, reproduction model

Future room


A Clockwork Orange




    The Shining




Eyes Wide Shut


    Full Metal Jacket


    A.I. Artificial Intelligence


    Barry Lyndon





Unmade due to high location filming costs, but an influence on Barry Lyndon. Kubrick did extensive research, reading almost 500 books and collecting a huge volume of notes. Scheduled to be made as a minisieries by Steven Spielberg, in conjunction with Kubrick's family.


    Fear and Desire
His first feature




Auguste Rodin Sculpture Garden

Monumental Head of Pierre de Wissant

Monumental Head of Jean d'Aire

The Shade


The Prodigal Son


Jean d'Aire

Jean de Fiennes, Draped

Monument to Honoré de Balzac
Chris Burden
Urban Light

202 restored cast-iron streetlamps





Metropolis II

1100 custom-designed cars race around 18 highways. An estimated 100,000 cars circulate every hour.










Walter De Maria - The 2000 Sculpture

2000 polygonal solid plaster rods in a pattern of
5 7 9 7 5 - 5 7 9 7 5
800 5-sided, 800 seven-sided, 400 9-sided




Nam June Paik - Video Flag Z

84 television sets, videodiscs and players playing found video footage


    And that was it for our big LACMA trek. Sore feet but even more cultured than we were before!
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