|Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Stomp, 1927. Lucas Museum of Narrative Art|
I'm guessing the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is the first to preview its collection at Comic-Con. In a panel in San Diego yesterday
, three Lucas curators gave a slideshow of LMNA acquisitions, among them an Archibald Motley with a somewhat alarming provenance. Stomp
(1927) was formerly in the collection of Bill Cosby and wife Camille. It was in the Smithsonian show that opened just as rape allegations against its celebrity lender made headlines.
is as good a jazz-age scene from Motley as you could ask for. There is no other painting by the artist in an L.A. collection.
From the Lucas to the Broad, from Disney Hall to the Colburn, from the Petersen to the AMPAS museum, who'd have ever thought that LACMA would end up being the fly in the ointment, the pending spoilsport in the cultural life of the community.
All the goodwill that people like George Lucas and Eli Broad, etc, have helped or are helping foster in the city is being destroyed by key figures at LACMA and by the Board of Supervisors.
What's that phrase about holding a special place in hell for such folks?