Commissioned for and currently on display at the couple's Nerano restaurant in Beverly Hills, the work, Empathy for Everyone (2017) is from the artist's ongoing "electric sign" series. Works in the series engage with important periods and events in history by appropriating historical images or forms and re-situating them in new contexts that inspire critical reevaluation. "Empathy for Everyone" relates to a photograph of the January 21, 2017, Women's March on Washington, and is based on a sign visible in one of the many news photographs from that day.
The work joins several others by Durant in LACMA's permanent collection, including Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington, D.C. (2005), which were acquired through the museum's 2013 Collectors Committee; electric sign Like, man, I'm tired (of waiting) (2002), a promised gift from Susan Hancock in honor of the museum's fiftieth anniversary; and Proposal for America (2010).
"We are so grateful to Andy and Carlo Brandon-Gordon for their longstanding generosity," said LACMA chief executive and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan. "Andy has been on the museum's board since 2005, serving as co-chair from 2007 to 2015. During this time, Chris Burden's Urban Light (2008) joined our campus as a gift of the Brandon-Gordon Family Foundation to Transformation: The LACMA Campaign. The promised gift of this Sam Durant work reflects Andy and Carlo's incredible commitment to LACMA and to the creative community of Los Angeles."
(Photo credit: Art Basel)