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Report from Art Basel

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When we arrived in the Basel airport last week, there was no way to tell that thousands of art lovers would be attending the Art Basel fair. The airport terminal seemed deserted, and the taxi ride to the hotel was short. The lovely city of Basel was hardly crowded. A stroll along the Rhine was picturesque.

But by Tuesday morning, hundreds were poised to rush into the VIP opening. As the days continued, there were thousands of collectors and journalists from all over the globe, eager to look and choose from the thousands of paintings and sculptures in the booths. Our presentation, a survey of Craig Kauffman’s work from 1964 to the present, was singled out by museum directors, collectors and journalists as a worthy component of the international group of galleries. Lindsay Pollock, editor of Art in America, called it “museum-ready” in her on-line report, and the Economist noted that Art Features and our booth were “one of the most praised parts” of the fair. Kauffman’s work was also singled out in the Artnet online magazine.

It wasn’t all work for us. So many things were taken care of by our hosts. The fair works perfectly, like a Swiss watch. Art Basel is superbly run by the most professional management in the business. We were welcomed to the Fondation Beyeler for a fantastic show of Constantin Brancusi and Richard Serra. Swiss hospitality was always generous, and the party for the galleries delightful, even in the late afternoon rain. My only regret was that Craig Kauffman was not there to see the enthusiastic response to his work. Sadly, the last time I was at the Beyeler, I went with Craig.

Written by Frank Lloyd

June 26, 2011 at 12:27 am

Craig Kauffman Update

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The heat of the day reminds me that summer is just around the corner. Our summers don’t usually involve vacations and relaxation; in fact the opposite is true. The gallery’s schedule is full of projects and exhibitions, and we are preparing for the fall, too. We’re planning for a series of events that will highlight the seminal role of Craig Kauffman in the development of art in Los Angeles. Here’s a listing of upcoming exhibits, starting with the exciting adventure of taking Kauffman’s work to Basel, Switzerland:

June 15—June 19, 2011
Craig Kauffman: A Survey at Art Basel 2011

For the Frank Lloyd Gallery’s booth at Art Basel, we will present a selection of works from the Estate, including seminal works from the 1960s, as well as works from the more recent series of Bubbles and Flowers. Throughout his extended but intermittent attention to the acrylic medium, Kauffman retained pneumatic volumes and inventive shapes in sequential bodies of work. Kauffman was less interested in the dimensional properties of his work than ongoing painterly concerns of color, light and illusion, even while working on a curved and slippery surface. The Bubbles, especially, appear to contain color in space. The interior surfaces have been delicately sprayed with acrylic paint in gradations of hue and shade. The most recent work, no less than those that he created in the late sixties, continue to present Kauffman’s sensuous response to color and light.

September 25, 2011 – January 20, 2012
Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

This is the first comprehensive major museum survey of the Light and Space movement. Kauffman’s work from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s own collection will be complemented by loans from MOCA as well as one 1969 piece and three drawings from the Estate. A full catalogue with essays by Michael Auping and Robin Clark will be published. The exhibit will also include work by James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Larry Bell, Doug Wheeler, Bruce Nauman and others.

October 1, 2011– February 5, 2012
Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Paintings and Sculpture 1950-1970

J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center

This is the main exhibit for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. Kauffman’s work will be featured in the exhibit and the catalogue. This exhibit is curated by Andrew Perchuk and Rani Singh of the Getty Research Institute, and includes an overview of the most important developments in painting and sculpture from Los Angeles during the post-WWII period. This will be viewed by the largest audience for any of the Pacific Standard Time shows, and the exhibit will travel to Europe.

September 2011—October 2011
Sensual/Mechanical: Craig Kauffman from 1962—1967

Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica

Our show traces the development the artist’s process of abstraction, with an emphasis on the sources for Kauffman’s work. Exhibit is timed to coincide with opening of Getty show, and publication of our Craig Kauffman monograph.

September 2011
Craig Kauffman: 1932—2010

The Gallery and the Estate will cooperate in the publication of a hard-bound definitive monograph by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp. This will include 150 color illustrations, a 25,000 word essay, and complete exhibition record and bibliography. Just before our Kauffman monograph, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp’s most recent book, Rebels in Paradise, will be released July 19th.