Collection Exhibition
Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog)
Apr 04 - Aug 16, 2020
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Overview

Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog) showcases the work of iconic Los Angeles artists John Baldessari, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha. Each of these artists has contributed to a wide-reaching and global art dialogue; they have also played key roles in shaping the art scene of Los Angeles and the city’s rise as a global arts capital. The Broad’s presentation includes nearly all the works in the Broad collection by each of these artists, including the immersive multimedia installation, Gym Interior (2005), by Kelley and the four-channel video installation, Twelve (2004), by Kruger, as well as mini-retrospectives of the work of Baldessari and Ruscha. The exhibition’s title is drawn from a monumental 1985 Baldessari work in the Broad collection, Buildings=Guns=People: Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog).

Featuring 81 artworks (more than half are on view for the first time at The Broad), the exhibition includes:


Highlighted Artwork

John Baldessari
1985
black-and-white and color photographs with vinyl paint and oil tint, mounted on five panels
185 1/16 x 446 1/8 in. (470.06 x 1133.16 cm)
John Baldessari
1966-68
acrylic on canvas
68 1/4 x 56 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (173.36 x 143.51 x 3.81 cm)
John Baldessari
1967 - 1968
photographic emulsion and acrylic on canvas
59 x 45 in. (149.86 x 114.3 cm)
Mike Kelley
2005
mixed media with video projection and photographs
152 x 177 x 124 in. (386.08 x 449.58 x 314.96 cm)
Mike Kelley
1983
six parts superimposed; acrylic on paper
143 x 143 x 2 1/2 in. (363.22 x 363.22 x 6.35 cm)
Mike Kelley
1986
acrylic on paper mounted on canvas
89 x 130 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (226.06 x 331.47 x 6.35 cm)
Barbara Kruger
2004
four screen video projection
Barbara Kruger
1986
black and white photograph with silkscreen
138 1/2 x 90 1/2 in. (351.79 x 229.87 cm)
Barbara Kruger
1989
photographic silkscreen on vinyl
112 x 112 in. (284.48 x 284.48 cm)
Ed Ruscha
1964
oil and pencil on canvas
64 1/2 x 124 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (163.83 x 316.87 x 6.35 cm)
Ed Ruscha
2010
acrylic on canvas
60 x 112 x 2 in. (152.4 x 284.48 x 5.08 cm)
Ed Ruscha
2010
acrylic on canvas
48 x 110 in. (121.92 x 279.4 cm)

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