Lost & Found/Abstracting Los Angeles 1945 - 1980

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Untitled , 1977 Mixed Media Collage 54.5 X 47.75 Inches © From the collection of Dennis Hopper
Untitled , 1966 Watercolor On Paper 30 X 40 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Robert Berman Gallery
Krystalos 1 , 1970 Aluminum Construction 35.5 X 35.5 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Robert Berman Gallery
Lost & Found/Abstracting Los Angeles 1945 - 1980

2525 Michigan Ave. Suite A5
Bergamot Station Arts Center
Santa Monica, CA 90404
November 19th, 2011 - December 31st, 2011
Opening: November 19th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

santa monica/venice
A5 Tel: 310.315.1937
Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 6pm
assemblages, mixed-media, sculpture

invites you to the grand opening of our new location at 
Bergamot Station Arts Center - B7 Gallery* 




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Pacific Standard Time is a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. For further information, please visit the official website   

ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY presents LOST & FOUND/ABSTRACTING LOS ANGELES 1945 - 1980 - paintings, drawings, sculptures and assemblages from obscure and known artists who used different media to interpret the abstract expressionist movement with a Los Angeles twist. The focus will be post war works up to the early 1980's. This exhibition will show different media relating to Los Angeles' interpretation of modernism with an emphasis on the difference between Los Angeles and its East Coast counterpart.

Exhibition includes select works by Elsa Warner, Stanley Tschopp, Max Finkelstein, Ted Gilien, Eugene Berman, Jules Engel, Russ Tamblyn, John Grillo, Ben Talbert, Hans Burkhardt, James Gill, Paul Bruch, Norman Zammitt, Agnes Kellog, William Tunberg, Henrietta Berk, Joe Goode, Oskar Fischinger, Frank Lobdell, John Baldessari, Ed Kienholz, Bruce Conner, Craig Kauffman, Carlos Almaraz, Llyn Folkes, Norton Wisdom, Rico Lebrun, Larry Bell, Eric Orr, Man Ray, Don Sorenson, John Altoon and Robert Graham.     

As part of our exhibition on Sunday afternoon, December 18th, we will be holding a reenactment of a performance by Guy de Cointet:  

  guy de cointet 1 guy de cointet 2 











Guy de Cointet was a French born artist who moved to California in 1968 and is recognized as one of the major figures of the Conceptual art movement.  He explored his fascination with language through performance and drawing.  

With the assistance of Florence Bonnefous of Air de Paris Gallery - ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY is pleased to present a special one-time only presentation of Guy de Cointet's "My Father's Diary" performed by one of his original actresses - Mary Ann Duganne (now Mary Ann Duganne Glicksman) on  
Sunday, December 18, 2011 in the afternoon.  Exact time TBD.

Summary:  "On his deathbed, a man gives his daughter a book, a precious book, filled with texts, signs, diagrams, drawings.  "This is my diary..." he starts to tell her, but too weak to give additional information he closes his eyes... forever.  At this moment, the war breaks out, dragging along in its turmoil the young girl and the diary.  Recalling for the audience these tragic events, she presents the large books and attempts to explain it page after page.

 My Father's Diary was first performed by Ms. Glicksman on February 1. 1977 at the Fort Worth Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

 The performance will feature the original book prop courtesy of Air de Paris.  The remaining props are currently on exhibition at MOCA.


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"My Father's Diary (1975), in which (Mary Ann Duganne) Glicksman tells a tale of fleeing war, while displaying, decoding and taking direction from a 'curiously shaped green book' filled with broken diagrams, hieroglyphic doodles and signifiers of other varieties, is De Cointet at his best; strolling the lines between symbolic systems, conjuring narrative words that open on the damnednest places, and having a laugh all the while.  This is the stuff of his legend..."


-Graham T. Beck, Frieze Magazine, April 2009 

*The original home of the prominent gallerist, Patricia Faure, then the Samuel Freeman Gallery (now re-locating to 2639 S. La Cienega), and recently the temporary exhibition space of Craig Krull Gallery exhibiting (as a participating gallery in Pacific Standard Time) Julius Shulman and Carlos Almaraz.