Urban Light

An assemblage sculpture of 202 vintage street light lampposts from the 1920s and 1930s, created by Chris Burden with the express intention to be placed in the empty plaza in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on Wilshire Boulevard. The cast iron lampposts range from 20 to 30 feet in height and were salvaged from Los Angeles neighborhoods. The installation is lit up from dusk to dawn and is solar-powered. Especially popular after dark, be prepared to drive a few rounds before finding a parking spot close enough.

Urban Light by Chris Burden, 2008.


May 7th, 2019

The fabulous geometry of art

And a pleasant surprise, as we wandered through the galleries of LACMA, those ones that remained open during the museum’s extensive renovation and expansion. The surprise was finding out that Magritte’s ”Ceci n’est pas une pipe” belongs to LACMA; for some reason, I was convinced it would belong to the permanent collection of the Magritte Museum in Brussels. What a fittingly surreal connection between my two favourite cities in the world!

Ellsworth Kelly || Blue Curve III, 1972 || Oil on canvas
Joel Shapiro || Untitled (Dancing Man), 1981 || Cherry wood, oil, paint
David Smith || Cubi XXIII, 1964 || Stainless steel
Juan Gris || Seated Harlequin, 1920 || Oil on canvas
Pablo Picasso || Centaur, 1955 || Painted wood
Pablo Picasso || Woman with a Blue Veil, 1923 || Oil on canvas
Richard Pousette-Dart || The Edge, 1943-45 || Oil on linen
Georgia O’Keeffe || Horse’s Skull with Pink Rose, 1931 || Oil on canvas
René Magritte || The Liberator, 1947 || Oil on canvas
René Magritte || The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe/Ceci n’est pas une pipe), 1929 || Oil on canvas
Jean Charlot || Portrait of Sergei Eisenstein (Retrato de Eisenstein), 1932 || Oil on canvas
Amedeo Modigliani || Reverie (Study for the Portrait of Frank Burty Haviland), 1914 || Oil and graphite on cardboard
Georg Schrimpf || Child Portrait (Peter in Sicily), 1925 || Oil on canvas
George Grosz || Portrait of Dr. Felix J. Weil, 1926 || Oil on canvas
Magnus Zeller || The Orator, c. 1920 || Oil on canvas
Yee Sookyung || Translated Vase, 2013 || Ceramic discards, epoxy, 24k gold leaf
Zhu Jinshi || Wave of Materials, 2007/2019 || Cotton, bamboo, stone, xuan paper

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 

May 7th, 2019