Acquisitions: The Broad
|Roy Lichtenstein, Things on the Wall, 1973|
Lichtenstein's Things on the Wall (1973) trolls centuries of trompe l'oeil gimmickry, from flies and nails to letter racks and William Michael Harnett's Golden Horseshoe. At upper right is a fragment of the artist's own Cape Cod Still Life, a painting created the same year.
Things on the Wall invites comparison to Stretcher Frame (1968), another Lichtenstein in the Broad collection. It's a simpler Benday dot treatment of the back of a painting, a pop take on minimalism.
|Kara Walker, The White Power ‘Gin / Machine to Harvest the Nativist Instinct for Beneficial Uses to Border Crossers Everywhere, 2019|
John Baldessari's All Z's (Picabia/Mondrian): Zealot (2017) is from one of the last major series of the late artist's career. Details from Francis Picabia's "transparencies"—once considered regressive, now the object of a cult following—are juxtaposed with echt-modern Mondrian abstractions and given a caption/title starting with Z.
The Broad had planned to debut these works in a series of single-artist installations marking the museum's 5th anniversary. The anniversary shows will surely be realized, but the timing is anyone's guess.