Contemporary Art


Contemporary Art

BCAM & Ahmanson Building, Level 2

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

Nam June Paik


Ocean Park Series No. 49
Richard Diebenkorn
John Baldessari
And thus . . . (present tense)
Kara Walker
Human Nature/Life Death/Knows Doesn't Know
Bruce Nauman

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.

Contemporary Friends Acquire Ten New Works by Artists from around the World

Contemporary Friends started in 2013 with a goal of acquiring contemporary works of art that complement LACMA’s collections of objects that span the globe. To this end, this year’s ten acquisitions fit the bill in their diversity in not only media, but also in the parts of the world represented

On View at the Stark Bar: Brian Bress’s “Idiom (Brian, Raffi, Britt)”

LACMA’s Rita Gonzalez and Erin Wright recently invited artist Brian Bress to show his work at LACMA’s Stark Bar, which features a rotating program of video and time-based media. The piece, titled Idiom (Brian, Raffi, Britt), is a high-definition three-channel video. Three different “characters” are depicted, which show Bress’s interest in the ambiguous zone between figurative representation and abstraction. The characters fill the screen, slowly emerging and revealing themselves to the viewer…