Up Close At The Broad

Across the street and up the block from LA’s MOCA is the gorgeously lit Broad Museum. Founded by collectors and philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad in 2015 and designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the Broad offers free admission.

With more than two thousand pieces of art in rotation, the Broad is enormously popular. You might see Basquiat, Braque, Calder, Diebenkorn, Giacometti, Hirst, Koons, Johns, Kelly, Kiefer, Kusama, Lichtenstein, Miró, Moore, Murakami, Picasso, Prince, Rauschenberg, Ray, Ruscha, Schnabel, Serra, Sherman, Toulouse-Lautrec, Twombly…for starters.

Eli and Edythe had initially approached MOMA about donating their collection, but when learning that, at most, thirty of their pieces would be on display – while the others remained in storage – they decided to build their own museum.

As of now, The Broad is scheduled to re-open on May 26th. In the meantime, its art-rich You Tube Channel includes an interesting Up Close series where The Broad’s curators Sarah Loyer and Ed Schad take an in-depth look at certain artists and artworks in the collection. The series includes Up Close with Jean Basquiat’s With Strings Two, his 1983 celebration of saxophonist Charlie Parker.


Up Close: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s With Strings Two


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Header: Jean-Michel Basquiat. With Strings Two. 1983


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