Los Angeles County Museum of Art

We took a break from Thousand Oaks to visit LACMA, which has turned into a magnificent art museum since the building of two huge new buildings showing touring exhibits and standing collections. I loved visiting the Olmec sculpture exhibit, where I was instantly transformed into an awestruck schoolboy gazing in wonder at two gigantic basalt heads dating from a millennium before Christ.

A collection of nineteenth century clothing was inspiring, particularly an extraordinarily embroidered jacket and an excellent black suit that I’d wear in a heartbeat. I found a few costume pieces including some gloves, an interesting decorative lace border and a dress that might be useful for painting reference, duly photographed and stowed away in my ever-growing photo archive.

Although I particularly liked the gloved hand that you see here as a resource for a costume in one of my paintings, I want to be a little circumspect about using nineteenth century clothing in the work – I want to continue painting people that could be from the present although their surroundings and actions may be universal.

I enjoyed finding old Hermes standing amongst the old master paintings. He’s wearing a winged helmet that oddly resembles those worn in World War One by the British infantry.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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1 Response to Los Angeles County Museum of Art

  1. sandy says:

    Boxing Day, December 26th, Sydney, Australia. Took Jon to see the Terracotta Army exhibition in the NSW Museum – not as wonderful as the exhibition in London – but still overwhelming -looking into the face of the large-as-life scupture of a man, a warrior, a servant, a father, a survivor…..

    Both of us longed in that moment to be in China – to feel the weight of the army, look into each face
    Awestruck indeed
    What is it about sculpture that reaches into our loins?


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