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BCAM's Art Makes the Brits Say LA's Legit

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Since the recent opening of LACMA's Broad Contemporary (BCAM) a flurry of international eyes have been on Los Angeles, and an ensuing flurry of words have issued forth in review. It seems irresistible to review the Broad without also reviewing the city that houses it, which was precisely the tact taken by Chris Haslam in London's Sunday Times today.

It takes Haslam seven paragraphs into his article to even mention the precise reason he is considering the art of LA. In those seven paragraphs he mentions chick flicks, hybrid cars, ambulance chasers, Universal Studios, Main Street, gangs, the Huntington Library, rats, Valencia, Disney Hall, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral ("Taj Mahoney"), Staples Center, Grand Avenue, and, of course, Dorothy Parker's witticism that Los Angeles is just suburbs in search of a center.

Sigh. We're devoid of culture, we're diseased (an extended metaphor about heart sickness and pill dependency, natch), and we need to be saved. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Yawn.