ELI BROAD'S NEW MUSEUM
OPENS SEPTEMBER 20
The Broad Museum
The billionaire philanthropist, Eli Broad, has opened the doors to a new private museum in Downtown Los Angeles that he commissioned with his wife Edythe to showcase their over 2,000-work collection. Over 85,000 tickets were reportedly pre-reserved to view the acclaimed collection, which houses works by artists including Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Jeff Koons. When the museum, a $140-million structure designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, opens to the public on Sunday September 20 (admission is, and always will be, free), it will not only be a historical moment for the Los Angeles art scene, it will be a game changer.
Jeff Koons, Michael Jackson and Bubbles,1988
Rooms are dedicated to various artists, such as Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, and Damien Hirst. The ground floor entrance area is deliberately sparse with only a couple of pieces on display. This minimalist approach allows the viewer to immerse themselves in the architecture.
Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room-The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
Don't miss THE VAULT...Past the elevator, over a stainless steel railing and through a steep stairwell, a patch of glass offers a peek into the museum's storage area known as "the vault," which offers 21,000 square feet of collection storage space. Slat upon slat of art storage panels line up in meticulous, methodical perfection. It is almost a separate art installation in itself giving the viewer an intimate behind the scenes look at the heart of the museum.
Matthew Brandt, Wai'anae 120721, 2015, chromogenic print buried in Wai'anae, Hawai'i
This month, Matthew Brandt will be debuting a new series on the Hawaiian landscape that furthers his formal and material consideration of the natural world. For the past three years he has been taking photographs in Oahu, Hawaii. These printed photographs were rolled in dirt, leaves, burlap and lace and buried on a family farm in the town of Wai'anae. Over time, the elements of the Hawaiian earth changed these pictures. Presented in this exhibition are remains of this process. This new body of work extends Brandt's interest in the meeting between the photographic subject and its material self, as first explored in his Lakes and Reservoirs series. Pressing beyond the pictorial depiction of the dense tropical rainforest, the images also bear the imprint of the actual site. In mixing with the soil, the picture surface erodes; areas are stripped of layers of emulsion, and new patterns are superimposed from the materials used to bury the prints.
Kazumi Nakamura, Scroll Painting 17 Ippen Hijiri-e, 2014
Japanese contemporary artist Kazumi Nakamura, born in 1956, is having his first solo exhibition in the United States. Nakamura is one of the most active painters among his generation, creating various styles of paintings that explore the meaning of pictorial space. Nakamura's bold abstract works invite the viewer to traverse a matrix of entanglement and complexity, possessing both originality as well as universal qualities in terms of the depiction of space. Filling the picture plane with bold, vertical brushstrokes, diagonal grids, and intersecting lines of color, Nakamura's interest in abstraction has long been an exercise in philosophically coming to terms with the social meaning of painting against the backdrop of ever-changing world affairs. In this exhibition, Nakamura presents works that bring together the well-developed styles of accumulated and distorted composition with his large-scale paintings and mid-sized canvases, created in repeated forms to evoke a striking atmosphere of dynamic intention and expressive collapse.