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September 19, 2012

An Ed Ruscha Exhibit at LACMA

By Susan Michals | Art

An Ed Ruscha Exhibit at LACMA
© 2012 Ed Ruscha IV.
All rights reserved. Photo © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fall 2012 is turning out to be a banner season for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). As part of its 2012 Art + Film Gala (October 27), the museum is honoring American artist Ed Ruscha and the late film director Stanley Kubrick. 

“Ed Ruscha: Standard”—a new exhibition showcasing 300 works from the museum’s collection—debuts on September 22 (it continues through January 21). Ruscha, a seminal influence in graphic design, film and architecture, utilized all three disciplines in his depictions of urban history. “Ed Ruscha is a major figure linking the art world and the film industry,” says LACMA curator Britt Salvesen. “Not only does he depict the iconic Hollywood sign in his art, he has made films himself and acknowledges the impact of certain film genres—such as noir—on his sensibility. Ruscha sums it up best with a phrase he has used in several works of art: ‘Hollywood is a verb.’ ”

Kubrick gets his time in the L.A. sun on November 1, when the first retrospective of his work in the context of an art museum will go on view at LACMA. As for the gala itself, expect organizers to pull out all the stops. Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow will cochair the event for the second year running, and a sea of celebrities (including musical guest Florence and the Machine) and L.A. art folk will be out and about in their black-tie best. Gala tickets, from $5,000; tables, from $50,000; call 323-857-6160 or email Nicole Greene at ngreene@lacma.org5909 Wilshire Blvd.; 323-857-6151; lacma.org