LACMA's collection of contemporary art contains almost two thousand works from across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, created between 1968 and the present. A diverse range of mediums are represented: painting, sculpture, installation and conceptual art, video and film. In 2008 the collection was augmented by the opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, designed by architect Renzo Piano. Taken together, the works of the Broad and LACMA collections form a rich and nuanced history of art after World War II. See works by Southern California artists or visit a selection of online exhibitions. Learn more about selected artworks or browse by artist.
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The Director's Series: Michael Govan and John Baldessari
LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan in conversation with renowned contemporary artist John Baldessari. Michael Govan and John Baldessari talk about the artist's collaborations with LACMA, including his acclaimed design for the Magritte and Contemporary Art installation, LACMA's new logo, the large-scale banners seen along Wilshire Boulevard, and next summer's retrospective of his work.
Last fall LACMA held its first annual Art + Film Gala, honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari. For those who were there, one of the big highlights of the night turned out to be a short film about Baldessari (narrated by Tom Waits!), made by filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, aka Supermarché. Just yesterday we received the green light to share it with you. So, here you go: everything you ever wanted to know about John Baldessari, including his wi-fi password. Enjoy...
In the 1950s and 1960s, several Latin American artists settled in Paris, where they became key players in the movement of kinetic and op art. One such artist was the Venezuelan Jesús Rafael Soto, whose projects directly engaged the viewers’ participation. This is the case of Penetrable, a long-term loan from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, installed on LACMA’s plaza…