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Best contemporary art from LA's cool Broad Museum

Tulips, Jeff Koons, 1995-2004; Eli Broad was the only person to found two Fortune 500 companies in different industries, SunAmerica Inc. and KB Home; he died in April 2021 with an estimated net worth of $6.7 billion

Tulips, Jeff Koons, 1995-2004; Eli Broad was the only person to found two Fortune 500 companies in different industries, SunAmerica Inc. and KB Home; he died in April 2021 with an estimated net worth of $6.7 billion

The Broad opened in 2015 in downtown LA; the museum is named for philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad (rhymes with road), who financed the $140 million building

The Broad opened in 2015 in downtown LA; the museum is named for philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad (rhymes with road), who financed the $140 million building

Two Marilyns, Andy Warhol, 1962; Warhol is regarded as one of the most well known appropriation artists and he often made use of publicity photographs and publicly available photographs not owned by him (lawsuits typically followed)

Two Marilyns, Andy Warhol, 1962; Warhol is regarded as one of the most well known appropriation artists and he often made use of publicity photographs and publicly available photographs not owned by him (lawsuits typically followed)

Rorschach, Andy Warhol, 1984; there were 26 works by Warhol at the Broad; the museum is distinctive in its exceptional dedication to the full arc of artists’ careers

Rorschach, Andy Warhol, 1984; there were 26 works by Warhol at the Broad; the museum is distinctive in its exceptional dedication to the full arc of artists’ careers

Flag, Jasper Johns, 1967; Johns's 48-star Flag from 1958 was purchased in 2010 by hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen for an estimated $110 million, making it the most expensive painting ever by a living artist

Flag, Jasper Johns, 1967; Johns's 48-star Flag from 1958 was purchased in 2010 by hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen for an estimated $110 million, making it the most expensive painting ever by a living artist

Under the Table, Robert Therrien, 1994; with a table 10 ft tall, this work epitomizes the pieces at the Broad which seemed designed for the young, Instragram-obsessed crowd

Under the Table, Robert Therrien, 1994; with a table 10 ft tall, this work epitomizes the pieces at the Broad which seemed designed for the young, Instragram-obsessed crowd

Michael Jackson and Bubbles, Jeff Koons, 1988; unlike a typical art museum, the Broad has galleries dedicated to the works of specific artists; admission is free but, due to demand, reservations were required

Michael Jackson and Bubbles, Jeff Koons, 1988; unlike a typical art museum, the Broad has galleries dedicated to the works of specific artists; admission is free but, due to demand, reservations were required

Longing for Eternity, Yayoi Kusama, 2017; one of the most popular works at the Broad, you waited in line to peer inside this Infinity Mirror Room from 3 different viewpoints; each person had 30 seconds

Longing for Eternity, Yayoi Kusama, 2017; one of the most popular works at the Broad, you waited in line to peer inside this Infinity Mirror Room from 3 different viewpoints; each person had 30 seconds

In 1965 Yoyai Kusama produced her first Infinity Mirror Room; from outside Longing for Eternity, viewers peer through porthole-like windows into the dazzling, LED light–filled hexagonal chamber

In 1965 Yoyai Kusama produced her first Infinity Mirror Room; from outside Longing for Eternity, viewers peer through porthole-like windows into the dazzling, LED light–filled hexagonal chamber

Rabbit, Jeff Koons, 1986; one of the editions of Rabbit was the most expensive work sold by a living artist at auction, being sold for $91.1 million in May 2019 to billionaire hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen (until he surpassed this buying the Jasper Johns piece mentioned above the next year)

Rabbit, Jeff Koons, 1986; one of the editions of Rabbit was the most expensive work sold by a living artist at auction, being sold for $91.1 million in May 2019 to billionaire hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen (until he surpassed this buying the Jasper Johns piece mentioned above the next year)

Purist Still Life, Roy Lichtenstein, 1975; the Broad Foundation has made $650 million in grants to improve education for underserved communities since it launched in 1999; the Broads also gave millions in support of gun control measures

Purist Still Life, Roy Lichtenstein, 1975; the Broad Foundation has made $650 million in grants to improve education for underserved communities since it launched in 1999; the Broads also gave millions in support of gun control measures

Warhol's modest family roots (his parents immigrated from Slovakia) influenced his work: his mother's choice of lunchtime staple prompted his Campbell's Soup series (these two are from 1962)

Warhol's modest family roots (his parents immigrated from Slovakia) influenced his work: his mother's choice of lunchtime staple prompted his Campbell's Soup series (these two are from 1962)

Strips of Earth's Skin, El Anatsui, 2008; the museum contains an art vault which you pass through on elevators to the display floors; the Broad Art Foundation has made 8,500  loans from this vault to 500  museums around the world

Strips of Earth's Skin, El Anatsui, 2008; the museum contains an art vault which you pass through on elevators to the display floors; the Broad Art Foundation has made 8,500+ loans from this vault to 500+ museums around the world

I'm Sorry, Roy Lichtenstein, 1966; appropriating the visual language of American mass culture, such as Mickey Mouse, Coke and the funny pages, the artist found his niche by creating paintings that didn't seem to be art

I'm Sorry, Roy Lichtenstein, 1966; appropriating the visual language of American mass culture, such as Mickey Mouse, Coke and the funny pages, the artist found his niche by creating paintings that didn't seem to be art

Born in 1929, Yoyai Kusama is one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan; she moved to New York City in 1958 and was a part of the New York avant-garde scene throughout the 1960s, especially in the pop-art movement

Born in 1929, Yoyai Kusama is one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan; she moved to New York City in 1958 and was a part of the New York avant-garde scene throughout the 1960s, especially in the pop-art movement

Self-Portrait, Andy Warhol, 1966; in 2002, the U.S. Postal Service issued an 18-cent stamp commemorating Warhol; the stamp was unveiled at a ceremony at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and features Warhol's painting 'Self-Portrait, 1964'

Self-Portrait, Andy Warhol, 1966; in 2002, the U.S. Postal Service issued an 18-cent stamp commemorating Warhol; the stamp was unveiled at a ceremony at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and features Warhol's painting 'Self-Portrait, 1964'

Balloon Dog (Blue), Jeff Koons, 1994-2000; this work is part of Koons's Celebration series which memorializes the rituals, icons and images surrounding birthdays, holidays and other party occasions

Balloon Dog (Blue), Jeff Koons, 1994-2000; this work is part of Koons's Celebration series which memorializes the rituals, icons and images surrounding birthdays, holidays and other party occasions

Next door to the Broad, is the iconic, Frank Geary-designed, Walt Disney Concert Hall which is home to the LA Philharmonic Orchestra; it was inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (also designed by Gehry)

Next door to the Broad, is the iconic, Frank Geary-designed, Walt Disney Concert Hall which is home to the LA Philharmonic Orchestra; it was inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (also designed by Gehry)

Goldfish Bowl (bronze sculpture, 1977), Interior with Painting of Bather (right, 1997) and Black Flowers (left, 1961), Roy Lichtenstein; after serving a 3 year Army stint at the end of WW2, the artist graduated from Ohio State with a Masters in Fine Arts

Goldfish Bowl (bronze sculpture, 1977), Interior with Painting of Bather (right, 1997) and Black Flowers (left, 1961), Roy Lichtenstein; after serving a 3 year Army stint at the end of WW2, the artist graduated from Ohio State with a Masters in Fine Arts

Kusama is one of the most commercially successful contemporary artists; I loved her colorful sculptures at the NY Botanical Garden and her work always seems to be uplifting and smile-inducing

Kusama is one of the most commercially successful contemporary artists; I loved her colorful sculptures at the NY Botanical Garden and her work always seems to be uplifting and smile-inducing

Couple, Jeff Koons, 2001; I had never seen an oil painting by Koons before and was impressed; when Koons moved to NYC in 1977 he first worked at the membership desk for the Museum of Modern Art

Couple, Jeff Koons, 2001; I had never seen an oil painting by Koons before and was impressed; when Koons moved to NYC in 1977 he first worked at the membership desk for the Museum of Modern Art

Things on the Wall, Roy Lichtenstein, 1973; one of the founders of American Pop Art, Lichtenstein's work Masterpiece sold for $165 million in 2017 with the proceeds used to create a fund for criminal justice reform

Things on the Wall, Roy Lichtenstein, 1973; one of the founders of American Pop Art, Lichtenstein's work Masterpiece sold for $165 million in 2017 with the proceeds used to create a fund for criminal justice reform

Yayoi Kusama says that art has become her way to express her mental problems; she has said she fights pain, anxiety, and fear every day, and the only method she's found that relieved her illness is to keep creating art

Yayoi Kusama says that art has become her way to express her mental problems; she has said she fights pain, anxiety, and fear every day, and the only method she's found that relieved her illness is to keep creating art

Party Hat, Jeff Koons, 1995-97; critics are sharply divided in their views of Koons - some view his work as pioneering and of major historical importance while others dismiss his work as kitsch, crass, and based on cynical self-merchandising

Party Hat, Jeff Koons, 1995-97; critics are sharply divided in their views of Koons - some view his work as pioneering and of major historical importance while others dismiss his work as kitsch, crass, and based on cynical self-merchandising

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