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SIZE MATTERS: EPIC 82-FOOT LONG MURAKAMI PAINTING STEALS SPACE FROM OTHER ARTISTS

This massive painting by Japan’s most successful and well-known contemporary artist Takashi Murakami is displayed in the primest spot of the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. It’s huge. It’s epic. It’s unmissable. Anyone entering the museum’s main galleries, where the core selections from the permanent collection are exhibited, will see it as they arrive from the lobby, whether they come via escalator, elevator or a stairway.

So exactly how big is this painting? And what’s it called? Continue reading

Among the Gargantuan Steel Sculptures of Richard Serra

Every time we’re in Los Angeles, we try to make a point of visiting the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) and seeing “Band,” the humongous abstract sculpture by artist Richard Serra, in the museum’s Broad Contemporary building. From a distance, some viewers initially believe the massive artwork is made of wood, bit it’s made of oxidized, waterproof steel components connected to form a giant ribbon occupying an entire gallery (half the first floor) at the Broad.

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In Amsterdam … Graffiti Art by Mick La Rock at Stedelijk Museum

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The introduction wall at a show of works by contemporary Polish artist Polina Olowska at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum displays the exhibition’s title “Au Bonheur des Dames” written  as classic, early “wild style”-era graffiti by Mick La Rock along with some tags by other prominent graffiti artists from the international scene, such as Lady Pink.

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In New York … Space Invader Hits the New Museum

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Here’s another of the new New York City-themed “Big Apple” Space Invader street art mosaics by pioneering French street artist Invader. This one is at the New Museum on the Bowery and is one of several that have popped up in downtown New York City, mostly in the Lower East Side, the past few days while the artist is in town for the screening of his new film “Art4Space.

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Ping Pong Game as Conceptual Sound Art …

This ping pong table installed in the second-floor terrace of the first-rate Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (and, by design, the museum-visiting couple playing) is a conceptual piece of installation sound art titled “Sound Piece for the Hammer Museum,” one of a series of projects at the museum by Machine Project. Love it.

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In Paris … “Death of King” at Palais de Tokio

This space in the main exhibition space at the Palais de Tokio, that wonderful leading-edgy and influential contemporary art museum in Paris, recently had a massive installation work by artist Ulla von Brandenburg. Titled the “The King is Dead,” the beautiful abstract work fills a massive space and at first-glance looks like a colorful skateboard ramp.

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