Monday, April 16, 2012

Carnegie Art Museum, California Art Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

Carnegie Art Museum

March 4 - May 20, 2012

California Art
Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

Frederick R. Weisman was a pioneering Los Angeles art collector whose rise as an important patron of the arts paralleled the emergence of the contemporary art scene in Southern California. Featured are works ranging from the 1960s to the present, including diverse movements such as California Pop Art, Hard-Edge Abstraction and Light  and Space.

Frederick Weisman was an early supporter of many of the artists that rose to prominence under the legendary Ferus Gallery, established by Walter Hopps, Ed Kienholz and later, Irving Blum. At the time Hopps was an innovative young curator who was tuned in to the idiosyncratic styles of Los Angeles artists, which had developed from isolation during the post-war period. As a result, LA artists were inspired by their daily lives and surroundings—the local terrain, vibrant sun, beautiful sunsets, blue skies, surfboards, and fast, flashy cars. Soon new art movements were created (such as Light and Space, and Finish Fetish), and the Cool School was born. But it would be decades later before the rest of the world recognized the importance of these artists and movements. The art on view represents a number of these diverse movements that have and continue to play a decisive role in defining the visual arts in the Golden State, either by California or visiting artists.

Artwork included in the exhibition is by: Jason Adkins, Peter Alexander, John Altoon, David Amico, Charles Arnoldi, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Kelly Berg, Tony Berlant, Huguette Caland, Mary Corse, Ronald Davis, Woods Davy, Laddie John Dill, Tim Ebner, Doug Edge, Peter Erskine, Ned Evans, Sam Francis, Joe Goode, Iva Gueorguieva, James Hayward, Scot Heywood, Charles Christopher Hill, David Hockney, Jay Mark Johnson, Gegam Kacherian, Craig Kauffman, Peter Lodato, John McCracken, John McLaughlin, Blue McRight, John Millei, Joel Morrison, Andy Moses, Ed Moses, John Okulick, Kaz Oshiro, Jessica Rath, Retna, Ed Ruscha, Alexis Smith, Ali Smith, Macha Suzuki, Christopher Taggart, Kamol Tassananchalee, Roy Thurston, De Wain Valentine, Alison Van Pelt, Velizar Mihich Vasa, Brian Willis and Tom Wudl.

In celebration of Pacific Standard Time
- A Getty Initiative
*Edward Ruscha, Malibu = Sliding Glass Doors, 1976, pastel on paper, 23-1/8 x 29-5/8 in. Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles.

                                                                             EXHIBIT SPONSOR FREDERICK R. WEISMAN ART FOUNDATION

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