Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s
Drawing practices in Los Angeles varied tremendously during the 1960s and 1970s. Culled from LACMA’s collection and select local holdings, Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s features work by nearly 50 artists who approach drawing in numerous media and styles. Works range in technique from charcoal and ink to collage and xerography, and encompass realism, conceptual drawings and abstraction. The exhibition includes drawings by well known artists, and others who have long been neglected.
The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see the wide variety of drawings that were being made in Los Angeles at an exciting time in the city's artistic history. The companion exhibition Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 70s features the work of a significant figure in contemporary art in Los Angeles.
Images: Top: L.A., Edward Ruscha, United States, 1970, Drawings, Gunpowder and pastel, Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Art Council, © Edward Ruscha. Bottom: Bouquet, Wallace Berman, 1964, Photograph and verifax collage, Los Angeles County Fund, © Wallace Berman.
Just over two months ago, Leslie Jones, Curator of Prints and Drawings, had decided upon the final placement of the works included in her exhibition, Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s. After the registrars and prep crew from Art Preparation and Installation (API) had finished the installation, I went into the galleries to review the final layout....