Carl Berg Gallery is pleased to present “Abstraction” our second group of the summer of 2006. Like “Debut,” our first show of the summer, this exhibition will feature artists that are new to the gallery. The artists are: Karen Herold, Brian Hollister, Norm Looney, Nicola Staeglich and Richard Wilson. “Abstraction” is part of a 5-gallery and one museum group of exhibitions opening in late summer that focus on abstraction. The participating galleries are the Berman/Turner Projects, d.e.n. contemporary art, Patricia Faure Gallery and Pharmaka. The Riverside Art Museum will host “Driven to Abstraction,” an exhibition that co-curator Peter Frank describes as “a small but, we hope, provocative contribution to the reassessment of southern California art history.” In a similarly-minded exhibition curated by Dave Hickey at Otis’ Ben Maltz Gallery titled “The Los Angeles School: Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, June Harwood, Helen Lundeberg and John McLaughlin,” the exhibition surveyed abstract painting in Los Angeles. “Abstraction” is not a survey of abstraction in Los Angeles, but rather a show of artists who live or have lived in Los Angeles and portrays the effect the experience has had on their work.