Saturday, December 4, 2010

On Collecting Art: Eli & Edythe Broad

For the Broads, collecting began in the 1980's and during a resurgence of a figurative art trend. Their collecting vision is representative of the California pop aesthetic of abstraction and the flattened picture plane.

White Squad V, 1984
Leon Golub

And Thus... (present tense), 1996
Kara Walker

As their collecting matured, they began to explore the growing accessiblilty of contemporary art, always keeping an eye on its relavance to the mirror of the social outlook of the modern Los Angeles context.

Away From The Flock, 1994
Damien Hirst

Untitled (for Leo Castelli), 1977
Donald Judd

Actual Size, 1962
Ed Ruscha

Untitled (Your body is a battleground), 1989
Barbara Kruger

Recently, the Broads have completed construction on The Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art designed by Renzo Piano. Their collection represents some of the greatest "blue chip" artwork available in the Contemporary Art world and receives worldwide recognition as such.

Tulips, 1995-2004, and Balloon Dog (Blue), 1994-2000
Jeff Koons

Back Seat Dodge '38, 1964
Edward Kienholz

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