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Next year, 25 exhibitions will open in museums and galleries across Southern California, focusing on art made in Los Angeles from the postwar years up to 1980. They will cover the full range of movements that either began in the region or had a strong base there, including Pop, Happenings, Minimalism, and Conceptualism, among others.

Recent L.A. shows, too, have focused on this period. Earlier this year, two galleries exhibited work related to the seminal Ferus Gallery, in which many L.A. artists debuted in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including Ken Price, Robert Irwin, Ed Ruscha, and Wallace Berman. A documentary about that gallery, called "The Cool School," released in 2008, is still making the rounds.

The shows next year, part of a Getty Foundation initiative called "Pacific Standard Time," will present important and dynamic work that some people may still feel is overlooked. At the Getty Museum on May 19, three influential artists from the Light and Space movement--Peter Alexander, Helen Pashgian, and DeWain Valentine--participated in a panel discussion at the Getty to talk about old times.

While most of the discussion was about the difficulties and hazards involved in working with plastic resins, which the three helped pioneer, talk also degenerated into complaints about how L.A. art, including their own work, was dismissed for years by the East Coast art establishment. Pashgian recalled how a New York critic panned three concurrent shows by L.A. artists in the '60s, including her own solo show, by

May 28, 2010 12:00 AM |

It's so seldom that I get the chance to quote the FBI that I'm just going to go ahead and do it:

Art and cultural property crime -- which includes theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking across state and international lines -- is a looming criminal enterprise with estimated losses running as high as $6 billion annually.

That, you might have guessed, comes from the FBI web page devoted to its Art Theft Program, which describes its "dedicated Art Crime Team of 13 Special Agents" and its "National Stolen Art File." Sure, the Gardner heist story is a crime story -- but it's also an arts story. The two frequently intersect.
March 4, 2010 8:09 PM |


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