LACMA must be really hard up

So, I went to the LA County Museum of Art and I still love the permanent collection, but these curators: Terence Pepper, curator of photographs, National Portrait Gallery, and David Friend, editor of creative development, Vanity Fair. Curator at LACMA: Charlotte Cotton, photography, should be ashamed of themselves.

I don’t know what this was, but it wasn’t a photography show. For instance, the subject’s name was above the photographer’s name. Huh?

I will say this, though, having Irving Penn, Edward Steichen, and Man Ray (to name a few great photographers) in the same gallery with Annie Leibovitz and Helmut Newton makes Annie Leibovitz and Helmut Newton look really talent-free compared to those guys. If this show proves one thing to people who like photography, it’s that shock value is never going to replace art. And thank the good Lord for that.

Shame on you, LACMA. You suck up Burberry’s money to sponsor celebrity fetish objects and have the nerve to call it an art exhibit, but you can cough up $900,000.00 for Measure R to increase LA County’s sales tax. The Los Angeles County Museum is supported by tax dollars. Why in hell are they donating to a political campaign to raise the very county taxes from which they’re funded? And I’m not the only one wondering about this. And now LACMA wants $6,000.000.00 to close their budget hole. Maybe they should only get $5,100,000.00…if ANYTHING, after all this.

Oh, and does anyone know why they took Damien Hirst’s dead sheep (or lamb?) out of the new building? I wanted to show it to someone who didn’t believe such as thing could be in a museum, (and appears not to be any longer) but that entire floor is being reinstalled for a January 2009 show.

Also, LACMA, could you make admission stickers again? It was a huge drag having to show our tickets for every gallery we went into. Stickers are good. Really good.

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