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L.A. County Museum Will Acquire a Pablo Picasso

More than $4.1 million was raised for the publicly-owned museum this weekend.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Credit: Patch file photo
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Credit: Patch file photo

A weekend fundraiser at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art netted funds to acquire 10 works of art, including a Picasso.

Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, a LACMA trustee, made what the museum called "a very generous gift" to allow it to acquire an installation by Los Angeles artist Helen Pashgian, which had been temporarily installed at LACMA this spring.

The large-scale artwork is made up of 12 two-part columns framed out of molded acrylic, and it changes appearance as viewers walk through around it.

"I'm very proud to contribute to the acquisition of monumental art by monumentally important women artists in Los Angeles," Bayer Sager said. "Helen Pasgian's installation was created especially for this presentation at LACMA, and I'm glad to say it will remain with LACMA.

Bayer Sager, an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globes award winner, wrote pop songs for four decades, many in collaboration with then-husband Burt Bacharach. One of her titles is "That's What Friends Are For."

During the weekend fundraiser, seven trustees hosted fundraising dinners at their homes. More than $4.1 million was raised for the publicly-owned museum.

Artworks that were acquired as a result of the fundraising include

  • "Untitled" by Roni Horn, a form of solid glass
  • a reclining nude by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres
  • "Pair of Guardian Lions," carved in Japan in the Ninth Century A.D.
  • "Bull and Picador," a 1952 print by Pablo Picasso
  • a painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe by Antonio de Torres, from the early 18th century in Mexico.

—City News Service

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