Recently I decided to take a stroll over to MoCA Grand to check in and see what’s new. As luck would have it, they were having a slow day so I had the entire museum to myself (more people were more excited to see preparations for a Batman filming taking place on Grand Ave). My favorite paintings in the permanent collection are the Rothkos. MoCA features 8 pieces in one gallery which I’ve adopted as my home away from home. His works are truly meant to be seen like this.
YOU REMIND ME
The Cy Twombly (R.I.P.) exhibit just wrapped and I was lucky to catch it in its final days. I was surprised to see how much his scrawling script work resembles graffiti art, and it is easy to see how he inspired artists like Basquiat. One piece in particular stuck out to me and reminded me Kurtis Kulig’s work.
The Lynda Benglis exhibit was equally fascinating. Her resin and latex sculptures are currently featured in an exhibit that highlights her influence on Contemporary Art in the 70’s.
Her fluorescent work in “Phantom, 1971” reminded me of LA Sculptor/Jewelry Designer Elyse Graham’s sculptural projects. Graham translated her latex work into wearable art the “Globos” collection this year. I wore a pair of multicolored Globos earrings to the “Art in the Streets” opening party this spring and when I was in the Rammellzee exhibit, my earrings glowed alongside his sculpted vinyl figures!
The Lynda Benglis exhibit wraps on October 10th. In the meantime, MoCA is gearing up to launch “Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 at the Geffen Contemporary. This exhibit is part of “Pacific Standard Time”, the six month-long celebration of the birth of the LA. art scene. PST is a collaboration with the Getty and 60 other museums and galleries across Southern California.