Two exhibitions: Works by Knud Merrild / Shards of the City
Abstract LA: Works by Knud Merrild from the 1930s+1940s
Digging LA: Shards of the City
Two exhibitions curated by Steve Turner + Victoria Dailey
Knud Merrild (1894 - 1954), born in Denmark, settled in Los Angeles in 1923, where, for the next thirty years, he was the city's most celebrated modernist artist. Collectors of his work included Galka Scheyer, Walter Arensberg, Man Ray, Lorser Feitelson, Clifford Odets, Henry Miller and Aldous Huxley. In the 1930s, he created constructions incorporating into them common house-building materials including wire, roofing paper, wallpaper and glass. In the 1940s, he created his "flux" paintings by pouring, dripping or expelling paint from a dispenser onto canvas. After suffering a heart attack in 1952, Merrild returned to Denmark where he died in 1954, and where his works remained until 1965 when they were briefly returned to Los Angeles for a major retrospective at LACMA. The works then went to Merrild's widow in Denmark where they remained until her death in 1988. In 1990, Steve Turner began to search for Merrild's work in Denmark and the United States, and Victoria Dailey began to write about Merrild and Los Angeles modernism. ABSTRACT LA: WORKS BY KNUD MERRILD FROM THE 1930s + 1940s draws from those works that were acquired over the last twenty years.
DIGGING LA: SHARDS OF THE CITY is an exhibition of rare Los Angeles ephemera and photography from the collection of Victoria Dailey and Steve Turner that sheds light on Los Angeles' often ignored/abandoned/obscured architectural and art history. Included are booklets, brochures, pamphlets and photographs that document the rise of residential, resort and urban development; the many art schools that once flourished here; the artists who lived here; art exhibitions that were held here, as well as other aspects of the cultural life of the city before 1950.
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