This exhibition is a “personal” supplement to Pacific Standard Time, an exhibition about art in Los Angeles from 1950–80 that is presented in Martin Gropius Bau.
The artistic rigor of the conceptual artists in Los Angeles in general, as well as our personal friendships with artists that work in Los Angeles, have influenced the development of our collection in recent years.
One starting point for the presented works is Eleanor Antin’s work, 100 Boots. During the late 1960’s, the artist began sending out postcards, each of which depicted 100 rubber boots. Originally arranged in geometric forms, their formation shifted to reflect the escalation of the American conflict with Vietnam at the time. While this work is politically charged, Morgan Fisher’s work is purely formal and structuralist in nature (The Wilkinson household fire alarm). Here, too, lies a foundation for the work created by younger artists in la today.
A further focus of the exhibition is set by the works of Christopher Williams and Stephen Prina. Only those works are being shown that have not yet been presented in solo exhibitions (A, B, C, D, and untitled (Study in yellow, Berlin) by Christopher Williams, Exquisite corpse: The complete paintings of Manet 222 of 556: “Dames aux éventails”, Haberdashery, and Haubrok I (Push painting) by Stephen Prina).
Edgar Arceneaux, Rodney McMillian, Ruben Ochoa, and Joel Tauber comprise the third group of artists in the exhibition. These younger artists make strong reference in their art to their environment as well as to personal relationships. They work politically, expressing their convictions. This is also the case with Brian Kennon, who for years through his own publishing house has produced artist books in which he contributes his personal commentary on the artworks.
List of works
100 Boots, 1971–73
An arrangement without tormentors, 2003–04
The Wilkinson household fire alarm, 1973
Alice Cooper / Suzi Simpson, 2011
Matthew Grover: Trisha Donnelly mixtape, 2010
David Horvitz: Rarely seen Bas Jan Ader film, 2009
untitled (#1), 2006
Good boy, 2005
Hello Victims: Ad Reinhardt, 2005
The Cindy Shermans I’d like to fuck, 2003/05
Black and white reproductions of the abstract expressionists, 2002
untitled (Landscape I), 2004
Bald eagle, 2002
Exposed in the 90293, 2007
Lean back, 2007
Zoned out in the 90045, 2007
Exquisite corpse: The complete paintings of Manet 222 of 556: “Dames aux éventails” (woman with fans) 1874 jeu de paume, Louvre, Paris, 2012
Haubrok I (Push painting), 2008
Feb. 16, 2007: The tree babies have arrived!!!, 2007
My lonely tree, 2006
untitled (Study in yellow, Berlin)
Dirk Schaper Studio, Berlin, June 21st, 2007 (No. 1), 2008