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11/24/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

LA Times Reviews: LACMA's Resnick Pavillion

Over the spring and summer, Los Angeles County Museum of Art director Michael Govan opened the freshly completed but still under-wraps Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, the second gallery building on the LACMA campus designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, for a series of tours for collectors, curators, critics and donors -- and on a handful of days to the general public.

For the occasion, he arranged to put on display a remarkable piece of minimalist art, Walter De Maria's sprawling, floor-hugging and rarely seen "The 2000 Sculpture," and kept the rest of Piano's single-level building uncluttered.

Now that the $54-million pavilion is ready for a clutch of celebratory galas this weekend and an official public opening Oct. 2 and 3, it's evident that Govan's decision to arrange for the building to be viewed -- and written about -- at that preliminary stage was, if not a risk, then at least strategically something of a double-edged sword.

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