Although it doesn't open until September 16th, there has already been enthusiastic press on the late sculptor Ken Price's exhibition at LACMA (and the show's lush catalogue). There was even a glowing preview in the New York Times–it's always nice when the L.A. art scene gets some Old Gray Lady love.
The museum's members were invited to a preview of the show last night. It was a festive scene with a large, rather posh crowd. And they actually seemed to come for the art, not just the free drinks and fashion.
The show: a knockout. A truly wonderful installation full of happy exuberance. I was giddy. Here are some snaps:
Frank Gehry designed the gallery space specifically for the installation (in the building by Renzo Piano). It is gorgeous and manages to break up the space in a cohesive, non-invasive way. As I was exiting one of the smaller spaces, the architect was entering. I congratulated him on the beautiful space and he thanked me. It was a nice moment.
Ken Price's work is simply phenomenal. Go see this show. I know I will be revisiting several times during its run.
As we were leaving I snapped the seemingly obligatory museum self-portrait, which I'm quite pleased with. The bar across my face is excellent. And I peeked into the neighboring space, which was mid-install. Intriguing.
Although we breezed right in to the gallery when we arrived, in the meantime a very large line had been forming outside. Excellent timing on our part. We grabbed a few bites of crudités and headed out into the muggy L.A. night.