December 3, 2006 |
ELI BROAD'S got a secret. The billionaire philanthropist and businessman may be the most public of America's private art collectors. He sits up front at auctions and makes no secret of his purchases. A major exhibition from his contemporary art collections, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, went on the road from 2001 to 2003. Hundreds of other Broad-owned works pop up every year at museums and university galleries across the country.
July 14, 2010 |
Eli Broad told city and county officials this week he would pay $7.7 million for a 99-year lease on public land in downtown Los Angeles where he can build an art museum, winning over a public opponent of his plan and signaling in the strongest terms yet that he has decided against putting the museum in Santa Monica. Broad persuaded Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, the only public official on record opposing his previous request to lease it for a token dollar a year.
January 15, 2008 |
When you're director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, talking money from billionaires is part of the job description. But now LACMA Director Michael Govan faces a tougher task: hailing Eli Broad's generosity and opening LACMA's new Broad Museum of Contemporary Art while Broad tells the world how he decided not to give the museum his art collection. "Eli has never changed his story with LACMA," Govan said on the afternoon after Broad's decision hit the headlines last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2010 |
The Santa Monica City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on an "agreement in principle" that could hasten Eli Broad's plan to create a museum next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to house his 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. City Manager P. Lamont Ewell has recommended approval of the preliminary pact, which spells out both sides' basic obligations but doesn't constitute a final go-ahead. That would have to await reviews of the final design of the $40- to $60-million building and its environmental impact on the surrounding Civic Center area.
January 6, 2011 |
The architectural design that Eli Broad is scheduled to reveal Thursday in a news conference at Walt Disney Concert Hall wraps the museum housing his contemporary art collection in a porous honeycomb. The billionaire collector and philanthropist hopes the $130-million building will help bring about his vision of downtown L.A. as a bustling urban hive of culture and street life. The three-story museum will be known simply as the Broad, although the Broad Art Foundation is its formal name.
August 10, 2012 |
Los Angeles billionaireEli Broad'sfoundation has held back promised contributions to the Museum of Contemporary Art, which former MOCA Chief Executive Charles Young says is not allowed under Broad's 2008 pledge agreement with the museum. Half of the Broad Foundation's $30-million pledge to MOCA is for exhibitions and is to be paid in $750,000 quarterly installments through 2013. Bloomberg News reported this week that payments had not been made. On Friday, a MOCA spokeswoman declined to comment when asked whether the April 1 and July 1 exhibition payments - totaling $1.5 million - were made, or whether the museum had asked for the funds and been refused.
January 8, 2013 |
When Eli Broad holds a public event, he seldom does it without the company of local politicians, cultural leaders and throngs of media professionals to underscore the influence that the Los Angeles billionaire and philanthropist exerts on the city's arts landscape. Broad presided over just such a ceremony Tuesday to mark a milestone in the construction of his namesake contemporary art museum, to be called the Broad, that is being built on Grand Avenue. It will feature works from the Broads' private art collection and will serve as headquarters of the Broad Art Foundation.
April 29, 2010 |
It's a familiar recipe for urban revitalization in downtown Los Angeles. Start with a nondescript parking lot in a strategically important location. Propose replacing it with a new building by an acclaimed architect. Repeat as often as politically or financially feasible. That was the plan for the first phase of the ambitious but now stalled Grand Avenue project, which called for a mixed-use complex by Frank Gehry to replace a parking structure across the avenue from Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall.
November 13, 2009 |
William Powhida has an agenda. Many of them, actually. He wants to be a great artist. He wants to be rich and famous. And he wants to remain an earnest outsider, averse to selling out. You can read what he believes, what he laments and what he desperately craves in the painted lists and letters in his savagely funny show at Charlie James. Accept capitalism, he advises fellow artists in a litany of strategic sales tips. "Maintain a vague political subtext." "Lie about your age. Stay thirty."