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The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles A Picture of America Past and Present

I felt a bit sad with the way a lot of important american artwork was displayed, I'll have to return and see if i feel the same way a second time around. works like Mike Kelley, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Barbara Kruger felt awkwardly hung and super sterilized giving them a forced narrative and a pretentious context. Institutional cleansing.     

The Braod in downtown Los Angeles on South Grand and 2nd

The Braod in downtown Los Angeles on South Grand and 2nd

Visitors readying themselves for the inside world

Visitors readying themselves for the inside world

Goshka Macuga

Goshka Macuga

John Currin

John Currin

John Currin

John Currin

Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Thomas Struth 

Thomas Struth 

Robert Longo 

Robert Longo 

A cheesy cool view of the archives 

A cheesy cool view of the archives 

iew number two

iew number two

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iew number three

Christopher Wool and Jeff Koons

Christopher Wool and Jeff Koons

My favorite piece in the exhibition, i never knew i was a fan 

My favorite piece in the exhibition, i never knew i was a fan 

Kara Walker 

Kara Walker 

Charles Ray

Charles Ray

Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley

Cady Noland, not the best example of her her i must say 

Cady Noland, not the best example of her her i must say 

David Wojnarowicz looking and feeling bland and depoliticized 

David Wojnarowicz looking and feeling bland and depoliticized 

Too many Basquiat's looking like trophies, on the upside this was my first time seeing these pieces in person

Too many Basquiat's looking like trophies, on the upside this was my first time seeing these pieces in person

cool detail from a Basquiat i had only seen in books

cool detail from a Basquiat i had only seen in books

Jean Michel-Basquiat holding court

Jean Michel-Basquiat holding court

A John Ahearn looking handsome but no one to talk to

A John Ahearn looking handsome but no one to talk to

Richard Prince looking limp for the first time ever in a big museum

Richard Prince looking limp for the first time ever in a big museum

Barbara Kruger was pretty amazing although a bit claustrophobic 

Barbara Kruger was pretty amazing although a bit claustrophobic 

Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons

Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons bringing back memories of when SFMOMA first opened 

Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons bringing back memories of when SFMOMA first opened 

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons 

Jeff Koons 

"I'm Sorry" you should be (Painting by Master Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein) 

"I'm Sorry" you should be (Painting by Master Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein) 

A clever Ed Ruscha

A clever Ed Ruscha