Where Is Your Favorite Painting in LA?

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I don’t remember when we met. And I can’t remember where we met, thought I know it wasn’t in LA. I do know that it was love at first sight. He was every fortune teller’s prophecy: tall, dark and handsome. But I was sure it was not meant to be because long distance relationships never work. Feeling disappointed and a little sad, I thought I better just walk away before I got too close. But I couldn’t tear myself away, stayed a little longer and discovered he did live in Los Angeles! He was only visiting this other city for a short while.

Thus began my love affair with Dr. Pozzi At Home. (He was painted by John Singer Sargent in 1881 and Sargent is my favorite painter.) Dr. Pozzi lives at the Hammer Museum and I can see him almost any time I want. He does travel from time to time, and I know he’s seeing other women in other cities. That’s okay, I’m not selfish about him. I really want you to meet him in person and apparently the Hammer does too because entrance is FREE all summer until September 2. All Collections, exhibitions, and programs. All of it. Free.

What and Where is your favorite painting (or paintings) in Los Angeles?

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
at Westwood Blvd (corner of Wilshire)
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310.443.7000
The Hammer is a sweet jewel box of a museum, not overwhelming and easily accessible. They have lunchtime art talks, movie screenings and lots of local artists shows. Plus they have a great bookstore/gift shop.
(Image from the Hammer Museum website.) (Click image for a larger version, but really, photos don’t do him justice and you should just go see him in person.)

10 Replies to “Where Is Your Favorite Painting in LA?”

  1. Julia, are you reading my mind?

    I have been pondering this question all week. I have yet to decide what my individualy favorite piece of artwork is in LA (the one piece that I would like to be standing in front of if I had one day to live). But as far as a specific painting, it has to be James Ensor’s “Christ’s Triumphant Entry into Brussles,” at the Getty.

  2. Julia, are you reading my mind?

    I have been pondering this question all week. I have yet to decide what my individualy favorite piece of artwork is in LA (the one piece that I would like to be standing in front of if I had one day to live). But as far as a specific painting, it has to be James Ensor’s “Christ’s Triumphant Entry into Brussles,” at the Getty.

  3. I’ve always loved Picasso’s Woman With Book at the Norton Simon. I remember I would go there for lunch, just so I could in front of it for a half-hour or so.

    If you’re talking about paintings actually in Los Angeles, I’d probably go with any of the Rothkos at MOCA.

  4. Glad to be reading your art mind, Tar. It is a fun/challenging question to answer because you can’t always pick just one.

    And DB the Norton Simon is also a wonderful museum and even though this is a “Los Angeles” blog, I am happy to visit any museum within an hour’s drive, no problem!

    And thanks for making me look at more art.

  5. In the 80s there was a national traveling tour of some Hammer pieces. My schoolgirl self was struck by this painting as well, in Atlanta Ga. Then I move to LA some 20 years later and run into the same painting at the Hammer, and it all makes sense. (It wasn’t an Arm & Hammer traveling exhibit after all, like I thought at 12.)

  6. Hockney’s “Mulholland Drive” at LACMA.

    And Howard Hallis’ “The Picture of Everything” at Nova Express on Fairfax.

    Yeah, I cheated. Lo Siento.

  7. Mmm, Hockney. Also quite a favorite.

    And multiple favorites is really not cheating. “The Picture of Everything” is amazing. I’ll have to go see it in person.

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