LA art scene from post-World War II years
In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, an initiative of the Getty Museum, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to present an exhibition celebrating the significance of the LA art scene from post-World War II years through the 60s and 70s. Artists included are John Baldessari, Judy Chicago, Richard Diebenkorn, Guy Dill, Sam Francis and Ed Ruscha. The show opens Friday, January 27, 2012 and continues through February 17. The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 27 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, from 5:00-7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk.
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) Diebenkorn’s early work is associated with abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. His later work, best known as the Ocean Park paintings, brought him worldwide acclaim. Influenced by Clyfford Still, Arshile Gorky and Willem de Kooning, he became the leading abstract expressionist painter on the west coast. In 1950 Diebenkorn enrolled under the G.I. Bill in the University of New Mexico graduate fine-arts department where he created a distinct version of abstract expressionism. The “Ocean Park” series, begun in 1976 and continued for more than twenty five years, becoming his most famous work and resulting in more than 140 paintings. These are large-scale abstract compositions based on aerial landscapes and the view from his studio in Santa Monica, California. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1991.
Guy Dill is an acknowledged contemporary master of large-scale, abstract sculptural work. His bronzes, while not figurative, often suggest the lines, curves, and lithe swoop of bodies and of movement itself. Dill’s work is collected and exhibited around the world, with works in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum (D.C.), the Guggenheim Museum (NYC), MoCA (LA), and Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). Dill has had over fifty one-man exhibitions, in cities including: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London and Brussels. He was born in 1946 and received his education at Chouinard Institute of Art, Los Angeles, California (BFA-Honors) in 1970. Guy Dill presently works in Venice, California, and Brussels, Belgium.
Sam Francis (1923-1994) One of 20th century’s leading abstract expressionists had a long and prolific career creating thousands of paintings as well as works on paper, prints, and monotypes. His work references Color Field painting, Japanese art, French impressionism and his own Bay Area roots. Francis's work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum, California, a Retrospective at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Edward Ruscha (b. 1937) is recognized for paintings incorporating words and phrases and for photographic books, influenced by the Pop art movement and the beat generation. The vernacular of Los Angeles and southern California landscapes have contributed to the themes and styles central to much of Ruscha’s paintings, drawings, and books. Museums that have acquired large collections are the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Currently on exhibit at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles is Ed Ruscha: On the Road, which brings together two great visionaries of art and language – Ed Ruscha & Jack Kerouac. The exhibition will travel to Haus der Kunst, Munich and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.