Sunday, October 18, 2015

Art, Art & More Art


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a vast complex of several buildings each filled with a vast array of classical, contemporary and culturally significant art works.  The photo above shows one of the buildings with it's maze of stairs, escalators and platforms.  The views from that top platform are quite spectacular.  You can see the Hollywood sign and the observatory at Griffith Park from up there.


Also on the outside of the museum is this art installation called Light by conceptual artist Chris Burden.  These rows and rows of classic street lights are very popular with people of all ages.


And it seemed they were even more popular at night when they were all lit up.


Another installation by Chris Burden is called Metropolis II.  It's an intense kinetic sculpture modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city.  It's operated in full motion at specific times during the day and when it's on, the cars, trains and busses whiz by you on that network of roads and bridges.  You can actually see the operator in the photo above there in the center of the "city".  This one was fun to watch and as you can imagine, a big hit with the younger museum guests.


The piece above is called Red Concave Circle by artist DeWain Valentine.  It's made of cast polyester resin and it certainly makes a perfect place to snap some interesting photos.  It is part of the 50 for 50 Exhibition at the museum celebrating the 50 years that the museum has been in operation and showing pieces that were gifts to the museum celebrating that anniversary from 25 different donors. 
                                                                                                                                                                                     

I even managed to create my own "artistic" shot while I was there by photographing just this single chair that was part of a much bigger art installation.  I liked how that red chair looked sitting there in the dark.  

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art or LACMA as it's affectionately known is a treasure trove of artistic ideas and talent.  It's a must see while visiting the Los Angeles area.

9 comments:

Lowell said...

What a delightful place. I would enjoy that. And kudos on your very artsy red chair photo!

Thérèse said...

Your own art piece is awesome.
The L.A. County Museum of Art is something new to me that I will keep in mind for sure. A very attractive place, then for the details it is a matter of personal taste which comes into play.

llandudnopictures said...

Some spectacular looking pieces here... and yours is right up there with them!

William Kendall said...

A visual feast for photographers, Sharon!

Jack said...

Nice collection of images, Sharon. I love the Light installation, and your two shots show it beautifully. The top image shows something that must have come along since I was there.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Amaaaaazing series of images Sharon, you know as far as I'm concerned there's no such thing as too much art :) What a spectacular place, loved the lampost installation both night and day! Your own last shot with a hint of chair reflection j'adore, would look amazing blown up and framed.

Tanya Breese said...

how funny, i just saw that light display on something else yesterday! i think that is so neat!

Catalyst said...

Good photographs but (maybe I'm getting old and cranky) I'm always stunned by the type of clothing that people wear to public places. Kind of like cut-offs, t-shirts and ball caps on airliners.

fredamans said...

Quite a unique collection!