This week is the last chance for Los Angeles audiences to visit the Getty Museum’s major Pacific Standard Time exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in LA Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970 which closes February 5, 2012. This landmark exhibition chronicles the rise of the Los Angeles art scene through a focused examination of painting and sculpture produced in Southern California during the 1950s and 1960s, a crucial period of LA’s art history that has never before been so fully examined.
With monumental works in painting, ceramics, assemblage, and more, Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture features more than 45 artists including Peter Alexander, John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Bereal, Wallace Berman, Vija Celmins, Judy Chicago, Ron Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Melvin Edwards, Llyn Foulkes, George Herms, David Hockney, Ed Kienholz, John Mason, John McLaughlin, Ed Moses, Lee Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Helen Pashgian, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, and Peter Voulkos, among many others.
For this last week of the exhibition, the louvers in the Special Exhibition Pavilion of the Getty Museum will be opened, allowing the California sunshine in to illuminate the works of art.
After Crosscurrents closes at the Getty, this seminal postwar art travels to the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, where it will be on view beginning March 15.
Also closing this week and traveling to Berlin, is the exhibition Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980 at the Getty Research Institute, which explores the emergence of a community of artists who developed innovative strategies for reaching out to, and even creating, diverse and varied audiences. Drawn from the Getty Research Institute's extensive archives of Los Angeles art, this exhibition features over 200 objects including photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and artwork—many on view for the first time. Greetings from L.A. reveals how LA artists, by engaging a wide range of different viewers and audiences, rethought ways art could intervene in the public sphere.
To learn more about Pacific Standard Time at the Getty, please go to http://www.getty.edu/pacificstandardtime.