|Two views of Button Flower (1959) by Alexander Calder|
For months, I have intended to visit the Franklin D. Murphy sculpture garden at UCLA. It was back when I was writing up my post on the works of Alexander Calder. I wanted a good photo of Button Flower, but couldn't find one. It needs to be shot from multiple directions to effectively capture the spatial relationships of the work.
"Why don't I just swing over there and snap a photo myself?" I thought. "I'm always at the Hammer. And I could use the exercise of a good long stroll."
Yeah, believe me. That's one heck of a "good long stroll." I think it's uphill both coming and going. ;-)
Well, hike accomplished and photos taken. I didn't stop with just the Calder shots, but wandered around snapping away. There are so many fine works from which to choose, but here are a few of my favorites.
|Cubi XX (1964) by David Smith|
Yeah, the collection is heavy on the abstracts, but that's fine by me. Even after the huge David Smith show at LACMA, I still can't get enough of these Cubi constructs.
Recently, I've grown fond of Barbara Hepworth's work. There is a wonderful marble work, entitled "Assembly of Sea Forms," on display at the Norton Simon. I found this piece equally as engaging. The smooth, rounded contours and three-fold perforation make for a subtle viewing experience.
|Two views of Elegy III (1966) by Barbara Hepworth|
Peter Voulkos is like my sculptural great-grandfather. I can trace my ceramic lineage directly back to him over three generations. So I always enjoy viewing his works. ;-)
|Gallas Rock (1960) by Peter Voulkos|
And you can never go wrong with Henry Moore.
|Two-Piece Reclining Figure, No.3 (1961) by Henry Moore|
I was really satisfied making the long walk back to my car. Then I realized that I overlooked the Isamu Noguchi!!! Looks like I'll be paying another visit to Bruin Land.