Crowds outside The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles. Courtesy of The Broad
Crowds outside The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles. Courtesy of The Broad

The Broad announced Friday major new acquisitions for its collection, including “Helter Skelter I,” a 2007 mural-scale painting by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford, and Bradford’s 2018 work, “I heard you got arrested today.”

The museum also acquired the 2017 “Longing for Eternity” by Yayoi Kusama, adding a second of the artist’s iconic Infinity Mirror Room installations to its collection, the museum said in a statement.

The Broad has also acquired the 2017 “Untitled,” a new painting by Kerry James Marshall and the museum’s first work by the artist, and “After Russell Lee: 1-60” — a major 60-part photographic work by Sherrie Levine.

“Longing for Eternity” will go on exhibit Saturday and “After Russell Lee: 1-60” this summer, according to the statement.

Additionally, it said, The Broad has acquired works by Sam Francis, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Sharon Lockhart, Robert Longo, Julie Mehretu, Lari Pittman, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall and Jonas Wood.

“Mark Bradford’s work has been increasingly central to the Broad collection over the past 12 years, and we are proud to acquire Helter Skelter I, which is among the most significant works he has ever produced,” said Joanne Heyler, The Broad’s founding director and chief curator. “Exemplifying Bradford’s `social abstraction,’ Helter Skelter I is a masterpiece that references a chilling period in Los Angeles history — cult leader Charles Manson’s malevolent obsession with inciting a race war in the late 1960s, which he called `Helter Skelter.’

“Helter Skelter I, like many of Bradford’s works, confronts the economic and social structures that perpetuate issues of power, race and crime. It is a powerful work that deepens our Bradford holdings, and will become a centerpiece in our galleries,” she said.

With Kerry James Marshall’s “Untitled, 2017,” the museum adds a new artist to the Broad collection whose work plumbs social and political topics.

“This painting by Kerry James Marshall brings into the collection a significant American artist whom we have long admired, and whose work provokes important dialogue about how the black figure and the black artist have been portrayed and received in — or left out of — Western art history,” she said.

The Broad’s acquisition of “Longing for Eternity” adds a second work by groundbreaking Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who emerged during the Vietnam era and has now become one of the world’s most prominent artists, according to the Broad statement.

The Broad is a contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. The museum, where admission is free, is home to 2,000 works of art.

–City News Service

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