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LACMA OVERSTUFFED WITH TOO MUCH ART
   Is it over-curated, you be the judge?



LACMA INSTALLATION VIEW

The question is...can a museum have to much art, and when there is so much art overflowing the walls and floors, has it been tastefully curated by jamming the place with no room for one more picture? Hence we have the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, but by all means the collection is quite impressive. From Contemporary Works to master works spanning hundreds of years, LACMA has one of the most expensive and expansive collections of art in the world. But have they run out of room? It seemed that way when I visited the collection this past weekend. Why not just store some of that fine art in their vault and bring it out on another occasion. I could barely take some photos of the dragon room (Fantasy art) because there was an annoying dragon in the way.

Needless to say, there were some nicely curated rooms, like the room pictured above. Spread out, I enjoyed this collection of contemporary works because they spaced the work cleanly. But some of those other works where the museum featured some more classical-inspired paintings and they opted for a salon style with no style. I may seem like I am pontificating my point but I think that interior design and curating galleries of art are narrowly connected. You have it or you don't or you better buckle down and learn when you have works of this nature. Studying spatial relationships can help but ultimately you sometimes need guidance in these matters. I am going to call out the museum for there sloppiness in handling the job of playing with millions of dollars worth of art and making it look like Ashley Furniture.



THE DRAGONS AND GARGOYLES ROOM
(Not really named that but lets have fun), LACMA


But please go down to the museum when you get a chance and take a look at their permanent collection. What you will find is way to much art to wrap your mind around. Smashed up against one another are painting upon painting and sculptures that don't really meld with the other works.

I am also not a big fan of those metal stands for sculpture. A museum no-no now but some older museums like LACMA don't seem to take a hint. Because the Broad is a newer museum they were on top of curating the massive collection of cool contemporary work.

LACMA on the other hand has five times the space and three times the amount of work as the Broad because they cover more time periods. But this is no excuse for lack of understanding space which they teach you in any masters programs. The Broad is a newer museum even though the owners have been collecting for nearly a half a century. LACMA has had more time to acquire art and boy have they ever. But let me pontificate again, I believe the curators got a little to overzealous about the amount of work they have and went a little overboard but hey a little excess is good every once in a while, but you be the judge...wink wink!


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