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LACMA at 40

Myron Stedman Stout, Untitled (early 1950s) (Photo copyright 2006 Museum Associates/LACMA)

While you’re at LACMA getting verklempt over the Klimts, leave a little time, at least, to feast on what the museum has actually been given of late, notably for its 40th birthday. You have English and Ashcan portrait paintings, a Tiepolo Bible scene, exquisite prints by Hiroshige and Hokusai, a dress designed by Paul Poiret and Raoul Dufy, Harry Callahan photos, works on paper by Albrecht Dürer, Myron Stout, and Lee Bontecou, amazing modern works from Germany (pieces by Paul Klee, Heinrich Campendonk, Christian Rohlfs and Moriz Melzer), absolutely daft objects by Dutchman Tejo Remy and Angeleno Chaz Bojorquez and so forth. It’s like skimming the top off the best art fairs in the world. Augmenting “40” are two sizable bequests from the late Robert H. Halff — who blessed us with really good examples (Lichtenstein, Johns, Gober, Close, Artschwager, Chamberlain, Judd, Kline, Khedoori, Koons) of Pop, Minimalism, post-Minimalism, pre-Maximalism, neo-post-Pop and other tendencies — and Jane and Marc Nathanson, whose hefty donation of prints by Ed Ruscha gets LACMA this close to a complete Ruscha edition collection. At LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mon.-Fri. (except Wed.), noon-8 p.m. (Fri. to 9 p.m.); Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; thru April 16. (323) 857-6000.

—Peter Frank

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