Work by Sam Durant Currently on View at Nerano Restaurant in Beverly Hills Will Come to LACMA

(Los Angeles, June 27, 2018)—The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced today that a work by L.A.-based artist Sam Durant, commissioned for and currently on display at Nerano restaurant in Beverly Hills by owners Andy and Carlo Brandon-Gordon, will enter LACMA’s collection as a promised gift.

Durant’s Empathy for Everyone, 2017, is a recent work from the artist’s ongoing “electric sign” series. Like many of Durant’s works, the electric signs engage with important periods and events in history by appropriating historical images or forms and resituating them in new contexts that allow and inspire critical reevaluation. In the case of the light box signs, the vinyl text applied on the signs is always appropriated from historical photographs which contain images of handmade signs. Empathy for Everyone relates to a photograph of the January 21, 2017 Women’s March on Washington, and is based on a sign visible in one of the many news photographs of that day.