Some members of our Culver City Art Group met at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Saturday to view Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky.
From the LACMA website: “For the first time in a major museum exhibition, Expressionism is presented as an international movement in which artists responded with various aesthetic approaches to the work of modern masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin.
The exhibition features Post‑Impressionist, Fauvist, and Cubist paintings by more than 40 artists—including Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay, and Paul Signac—that the Expressionists, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabrielle Münter, and Franz Marc, were able to see in landmark exhibitions and collections in Germany and on their travels to Paris.”
Click on an image below to start the slideshow of some of my favorite pieces from the exhibit. We were not allowed to photograph all the paintings which included some of my favorites, but this gives you a pretty good idea of the scope of the 90 pieces of artwork on view:
A few weeks earlier I had attended a lecture at LACMA on this exhibit which gave me a good foundation for understanding the relationship between the French impressionists and the German Expressionists.
Our tickets also allowed us entrance to Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic which I had seen previously but certainly worth a second look.
Another exhibit I was excited about seeing was Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice. From the LACMA website: “Initially created in 1941 for the Post Office in Venice, California, under the auspices of the Treasury Department’s Section of Fine Arts, Edward Biberman’s mural Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice has been recently restored. The monumental painting depicts city founder Abbot Kinney’s grand vision for Venice as a West-coast cultural mecca.”
Along with the mural the exhibition included photos of Venice from past years and other works by Biberman.
The United States Post Office sold the Venice building in recent years and having seen this mural in person several times at that location, I was concerned about its future. Fortunately the building has been repurposed as a production facility for Silver Pictures and Joel Silver, the new owner, has a history of being sensitive to historical architecture.
Well, I guess I will have to do a separate post about the Venice post office building, Silver Pictures and Edward Biberman!
Above are two photos I took of another exhibit I saw the same day: Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, in honor of the FIFA World Cup ongoing at this moment in time. It would have been more enjoyable if England was still in contention, but at least the US is still hanging in there!
And I thoroughly enjoyed Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible, the first large-scale sculptural installation by the pioneer of the Light and Space movement. I wish I could tell you the height of these light columns but all I can say is they are taller than a person! I ventured into the exhibit twice. The first time it was so dark I couldn’t see anybody else in there until I pretty much bumped into them. When I went back a second time, after viewing other exhibits, I could easily see other people walking around. Maybe they turned the lights up a little, I don’t know. I liked it better the first time when it was totally mysterious and a little scary.
Because of the eclecticism of its collections and exhibits, LACMA is my favorite art museum in the Los Angeles area. LACMA has a beautiful campus too which it shares with the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits.
After the museum, six of us headed over to Callender’s Grill and Bakery And Cafe to discuss the art we had just seen and life in general. As a wino (and one who cuts the grape with ice cubes or Pellegrino water), I rarely drink the hard stuff, but I had a hankering for a martini. A couple of years ago I tried their Dirty Martini (Grey Goose vodka with cream cheese stuffed olives) and never forgot it, so that is what I ordered (along with a shrimp salad).
Oh myyyyy, that drink has some serious alcohol and after a few sips I was already feeling tipsy, but in a good way! I never drink and drive… used up all those coupons in my younger days… and although I had arrived at the museum by bus, a friend offered to drive me home. So either way I was not getting behind the wheel.
LACMA has some interesting exhibitions coming up. As a fan of abstract art I am looking forward to Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting due in August.
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