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Benches

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install_gigantesFor the installation of Los Gigantes, I included something new – a bench! Although I don’t often place benches in the gallery, this show motivated me to include one. The aesthetic of Los Gigantes is very spare, with only ten pieces on view. The works really fill the space though, and they all benefit from prolonged looking. For example, the more time a visitor spends with a Light Knot by Larry Bell, the more they understand the ephemeral, kinetic nature of the piece. Practically weightless, the Light Knot turns and sways with the slightest breath of air. Because it is so responsive to light and environmental conditions, the piece changes from moment to moment.

I encourage people to sit down and study the pieces, rather than rushing through. From the bench installed in Los Gigantes, you will see a painting by Ed Moses, framed by two luminous wall reliefs by Craig Kauffman. The subtle, translucent colors of the Kauffman pieces beautifully complement the stained surface of Moses’ painting. Viewed together, the works illustrate the impact of shimmering, sensual color in differing media.

Portraits of the Artists

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I know I’ve posted artists’ portraits before, but I can’t resist sharing these great photos of the artists in Los Gigantes: Larry Bell, Craig Kauffman, John Mason, Ed Moses, and Peter Voulkos. These giants of the West Coast art scene were all photographed by Jim McHugh, who was kind enough to send us these images. McHugh is a noted chronicler of contemporary West Coast artists and has published several books including California Painters: New Work, 1989 and The Art of Light and Space, 1993. More recently, his work was exhibited by Timothy Yarger Fine Art, and was included in the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. For over thirty years, McHugh has created compelling portraits of artists, capturing their individuality and offering unique views into their world. His respect and enthusiasm for his subjects and their work comes through in every image.

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Los Gigantes Opening Reception

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Los Gigantes 001 copyWe had our opening reception for Los Gigantes at the gallery last Saturday, January 18th, and it was a great time. As you might expect, a show featuring the work of Larry Bell, Craig Kauffman, John Mason, Ed Moses and Peter Voulkos draws a big crowd. These artists are giants within the history of West Coast art, and their work attracts writers, other artists, museum and gallery professionals, and lots of fans!

We were lucky enough to Los Gigantes 007 copyhave Larry Bell, John Mason, and Ed Moses in attendance. In the week leading up to the reception, we fielded phone calls from excited visitors who wanted to know if they would have the chance to meet the artists, and I’m glad we didn’t disappoint them. The reception had the feel of a reunion, as Bell, Mason and Moses have known each other for many years, and they have a large circle of mutual friends. It was great to see so many members of the Los Angeles art world turn out to support these artists, who each have such strong histories in the city.

Los Gigantes 005 copyWith a group like this, it was no surprise that visitors wanted to linger, spending time with both the artworks and the artists. It was a great opportunity to hear from the artists directly, in a relaxed atmosphere. In the end, we knew it was time to head home after a long night when Pinky, Larry Bell’s dog and constant companion, curled up and took a nap in the gallery.

Supporting Shows with Scholarship

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DSC_0348 copyTaking a look around at Los Gigantes today got me thinking about the artists and their histories with the gallery. Larry Bell, Craig Kauffman, John Mason, Ed Moses, and Peter Voulkos have all exhibited here numerous times and most of them even have a gallery publication to their name! I’m always happy to produce catalogues for artists, and to support their work with scholarship that provides important context for visitors.

Right now, we have four gallery-produced publications available, as well as one collaborative effort. These include exhibition catalogues for John Mason from 2000, Craig Kauffman from 2008, and Peter Voulkos from 2012. Of course, we also have Sensual Mechanical: The Art of Craig Kauffman, the definitive monograph on Kauffman’s life and work. To round things out, I also contributed an essay to the catalogue for the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery’s 2012 exhibition Clay’s Tectonic Shift, which I co-curated with Mary MacNaughton and Kirk Delman.

Dinner Time

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Over the years, my gallery has taken on all sorts of guises, from exhibition space to lecture hall. But perhaps its most elegant makeover is when it becomes a private dining room. We’ve put together the menu, gone over the guest lists, and had the catering company plan the meal for dinners from 20 to 100 people. It’s a great way to get friends of the artists and the gallery’s supporters to gather in the space with the art.
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The largest of these dinners was held in 2000, on the occasion of the Peter Voulkos show of bronzes, a massive and monumental group of work. I took the suggestion of my neighbor, Patricia Faure, and set the dinner up in her space—just to the east of the gallery. We had 100 guests—far more than originally planned, but a truly significant group of people who had known Peter during the previous five decades. As usual, the late Henry Hopkins (who had known Voulkos since the 1950s in Los Angeles as well as the 70s and 80s in San Francisco) served as the toastmaster. Guests ranging from Frank and Berta Gehry to Sid Felsen and Joni Weyl gathered to honor the legendary Voulkos.

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Another dinner was just under 50 people, honoring artist Larry Bell in February, 2008. Larry was kind enough to talk about his show of new works on paper, and our guests were treated to a fabulous sit-down dinner. We had the honor of hosting the Director of MOCA, Jeremy Strick and his wife, as well as many of Larry’s oldest friends, including Stanley and Elyse Grinstein and John Mason. Among the others were collectors and curators, all seated in a refined and elegant setting amidst the luminous new collages.

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More recently, we co-hosted a dinner honoring Ed Moses, during his 2010 exhibition. Ed invited some of his long-time friends, and we invited some of his long-term supporters. This time, the connections made at the dinner resulted in the placement of a Moses painting at a museum! For this event we moved the feast next door, but still the style remained—a kind of transformation of the gallery space into a small and intimate private restaurant. It’s that kind of personal experience, and sense of community, that makes the art world rewarding.

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February 15, 2013 at 12:09 am

Greatest Hits

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O.K., I know this: my little blog is not even remotely close to the Huffington Post.  HuffPo is well known as the most popular news site in the Blogosphere.  But site statistics are somewhat addictive for bloggers.  There’s a temptation (at least for me) to check and see if anyone’s reading your posts. Those stats reveal a lot about the readers, too. I’m amazed to find out that there are some clear favorites from the past couple of years since this tiny blog started in November, 2008. There’s also a clear winner in these statistics: more people want to read about Peter Voulkos than any other subject—by far.

For those who want to review the Top Ten ­Posts of my past two years, here are the links:

Artists: On Peter Voulkos

Craig Kauffman, 1932-2010

Monte Factor: L.A. Collector

Richard Neutra: The Perkins House

Ken Price: On Meaning

John Mason: Massive Work

Peter Voulkos: Words from Irving Blum

Peter Voulkos: A Poster

John Mason: Spear Form

Ed Moses: On Painting

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November 12, 2010 at 1:08 am

Paying Attention

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Sometimes I wish for the moon and the stars: I wish for the rapt attention of a new audience for contemporary art. Like the saying goes, be careful what you wish for—it might come true. On Monday morning I met a group of journalists at the gallery, and for pretty much the whole day, I had the pleasure of their company.  All seven arts journalists were awarded fellowships for the ninth USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program. They showed up in a small white bus, guided by Sasha Anawalt, Director of the program, and Jeff Weinstein, Deputy Director.

The program for the day started with their visit to the gallery and a look at our Craig Kauffman show.  I gave our guests a bit of background on Craig, and author Hunter Drohojowska-Philp filled in the history of the 1960s in the L. A. art scene. She’s got all kinds of anecdotes on the tip of her tongue these days, as her soon-to-be-published book is nearing completion. The group seemed to be delighted to see the Kauffman show, and one, Alissa Walker, has already posted her impressions on her blog and flickr.

I haven’t had such an attentive group come to the gallery—ever!  There’s nothing like a group of journalists taking notes, snapping pictures—and really listening. We moved on to the studios of Larry Bell and Ed Moses. The writers were treated to some extraordinary moments. I swear that the Larry Bell visit was a classic: an explanation of his intentions, a denial of his intelligence, his pointed and clear overview of methods and technology, and his sound-enhanced and humorous anecdotes (my favorite was the story about Marcel Duchamp knocking at his studio door in 1963).

Ed Moses was unusually touching and subdued–yet showed them work that is vibrant and alive with color.  It’s just so powerful to see someone at 84 years old, and having gone through a life-threatening period in the hospital, making inventive new work. The group gathered and then grew silent when he talked.

So I got what I have been wishing for: a day that makes my occupation worthwhile—meaningful work and an audience that wants to understand it.

Written by Frank Lloyd

November 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm