Event InformationWHEN: wednesday, january 18TH , 2017. RECEPTION AT 6.30 PM PST, TALK AND LIVE STREAM AT 7.30 PM
WHERE: The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401 AND LIVE STREAMED VIA FACEBOOK LIVE
Sotheby's Institute of Art and The Broad Stage present
Artist Talk: LA Legends - a conversation with California Art Icons Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Moses, and Ed Ruscha
Moderated by author and art critic Hunter Drohojowska-Philp.
Artist Talk: LA Legends is the first of a series of talks with influential California-based artists, established to explore the living legacy of Los Angeles' arts scene. Art legends and postwar trailblazers set the stage for L.A.'s vibrant contemporary art scene and continue to define L.A.'s cultural landscape today.
The evening begins at 6:30pm with a reception, followed by conversation on stage at 7.30pm that will be streamed via Facebook Live. The artists will speak about their work, process, histories, and lives in this historic public event moderated by author and critic Hunter Drohojowska-Philp.
Forged in the spirit of L.A's unique disciplinary fluidity across cultural and institutional boundaries, the Artists Talk series is part of a new, multi-year collaborative arts initiative between the two organizations, bringing the living history of Southern California’s art to the stage and providing educational and career opportunities for arts management students and public alike.
Don't miss this opportunity to observe these greats in conversation about their work, process, histories and lives in this historic public event.
About the Artists
Larry Bell (b. 1939) is most commonly known for his Minimalist sculptures—transparent cubes that thrive on the interplay of shape, light, and environment— that champion the ideas of the Light and Space Movement of the 1960s. Although Bell had early success with Abstract Expressionist painting, a side job at a frame shop led him to experiment with excess scraps of glass, thus beginning his fascination with the material’s interaction with light. Bell’s first series of cubes combined three-dimensional glass forms with transmitted light, creating illusions of perspective through angles, ellipses, and mirrors. His later purchase of industrial plating equipment allowed him to create sculptures with metallic-coated glass and, eventually, drawings on mylar-coated paper. At age 46, correction of a lifelong hearing disability brought depressive hallucinations, which Bell channeled into collages of coated materials for catharsis.
Billy Al Bengston (b. 1934) is a flamboyant character, who beginning in the late 1950s, combined art with professional motorcycle racing and quickly became a key player in the Ferus Gallery circle. He had five solo shows at Ferus from 1958 to 1963, as well as a major exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1968. The motorcycle imagery in several early works associated Bengston with West Coast Pop, as did his use of techniques and materials drawn from custom-car and motorcycle culture, while the polished surfaces he achieved with spray lacquer also connected him to early conceptions of Finish Fetish.
Ed Moses (b.1926) has been the subject of several major solo exhibitions nationwide, most recently, William Turner Gallery's comprehensive retrospective exhibition, Moses@90. In 2015, Los Angeles County Museum of Art mounted a solo exhibition of Moses' drawings from the 1960s and 70s, curated by Leslie Jones. Moses was the subject of a major retrospective at MOCA Los Angeles in 1996, and in 2014, was featured in a retrospective at The University of California Irvine, entitled Cross-Section. His works are featured in the collections of some of the most prominent cultural institutions nationally, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Ed Ruscha (b.1937) in Omaha, Nebraska, moved with his family to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1941. In 1956, Ruscha moved to Los Angeles, where he attended Chouinard Art Institute. Ruscha’s early paintings attracted notice as part of the Pop art movement of the 1960s; his art also has antecedents in Dada, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism, and would be central to Conceptual art. His work includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, artist’s books, and films, and is in the collections of major national and international museums. Ruscha lives and works in Los Angeles. He is represented by Gagosian Gallery.
Los Angeles-based art critic and journalist Hunter Drohojowska-Philp writes about art, design and architecture. Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe, her first book, and the most definitive biography of the artist to date, was published by W.W. Norton in September 2004. Her most recent book, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s, was published in 2011 by Henry Holt. Both were best-sellers. Rebels in Paradise was chosen by the L.A. Public Library Association as one of the best books of 2011.
Drohojowska-Philp is weekly art critic for KCRW radio. (89.9 fm or kcrw.com/arttalk). Author of numerous monographs and catalog essays on modern and contemporary art, she contributes to the London-based magazine Wallpaper* and The Times of London. Over the years, she has written for Artnews, Artnet, Art in America, Artforum and Architectural Digest. She was chair of liberal arts and sciences at Otis College of Art and Design (1987-1996) and California Collections Specialist for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (2012-2015).