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This weekend was the opening of a cultural event that could only take place in Los Angeles: Pacific Standard Time. A collaborative venture involving Southern California cultural institutions and museums, PST creates a regional exhibition of the work of California artists from 1945 to 1980. I visited the MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Some of my favorite works shown included sculpture (De Wain Valentine), glass (Marvin Lipofsky), video (Tracey Emin), photography (Bruce Conner), painting (David Hockney), drawing (William T. Wiley), and installation (Pae White). 

Cy Twombly and Lynda Benglis were featured at the MOCA.  My favorites were:

Lynda Benglis.
Fling, Dribble, and Drip. February 27, 1970. Life Magazine.
13 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read, New York.

Lynda Benglis.
Phantom. 1971. Polyurethane foam with phosphorescent pigments. 5 Elements.  Approx. 8 1/2 x 35 x 8 ft. (overall installation dimensions variable). Kansas State University, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, 1971.5-1971.8. Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. One element, Collection of Eizabeth Goetz. Courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York.


Lynda Benglis.
Wing. 1970. Cast aluminum, ed. 2 or 3. 67 x 59 1/4 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read, New York

Cy Twombly.
Untitled (from Blooming, A Scattering of Blossoms & Other Things). 2007. Acrylic on panels. 99 1/4 x 217 3/8 in. (252.1 x 552.13 cm). The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection, Los Angeles.
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Cy Twombly.
Leaving Paphos Ringed with Waves (III). 2009. Acrylic on canvas. 105 5/16 x 83 5/8 in. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection, Los Angeles.


Cy Twombly. Untitled. 1967. Oil and crayon on canvas. 70 x 58 in. (177.8 x 147.32 cm.) The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The Barry Lowen Collection.

*Note to reader: the colors of Twombly's Untitled (from Blooming, A Scattering of Blossoms & Other Things) are much more vivid than portrayed: Blossoms are deep ruby magenta, background is bright Neapolitan yellow.

The weather was beautiful and the art was simply fantastic.