For any art museum, the permanent collection is the thing. Here are 50 works, all terrific, chosen from among hundreds of possibilities gleaned from LACMA’s encyclopedic spectrum. It is not — repeat, not — a “50 best” list. That impossibility is a fool’s game. Listed in chronological order, the works stick to centuries before our own, and the year LACMA acquired it is in parentheses. All but five, marked with a white "X," are currently on public view.
Programming by Jon Schleuss