COLE STERNBERG @ SARA NIGHTINGALE GALLERY

Cole Sternberg has new work on display in an exhibit opening this weekend at Sara Nightingale Gallery as well as a Bartering Event organized by Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND). Cole’s work is always worth your time. Read More about this exhibit at the jump. Cheers.

Sara Nightingale Gallery is pleased to present LA-X opening on April 14, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Ed Ruscha’s 1965-68 painting was prescient. The Los Angeles County Museum is on Fire. Rather, Los Angeles County itself is and has been a sizzling breeding ground of artistic development since World War II. But until recently art historians have generally downplayed the region, emphasizing New York instead as the center of post-war art in America. Even as recently as January 2012, an article in Art + Auction Magazine posited that Richard Diebenkorn “remains undervalued today” because his prices were compromised by his decision to remain on the West Coast*.

Enter Pacific Standard Time, the Getty Foundation and Research Institute’s initiative comprising a series of exhibitions, public programs, grants and publications spanning more than 60 cultural institutions in Southern California. The primary mission of PST is to document what its organizers consider to be a “collective rethinking of the region’s art history”. Beginning last fall and continuing through the Spring of 2012, PST surveys the main ideas, movements and moments in California art between 1945 and 1980, years that bracketed a period of unprecedented development.

Skip ahead three hours. Here on the other coast The Parrish Art Museum presents EST-3, Art from Los Angeles in the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection. Billed as “a playful rejoinder” to PST, EST-3, which runs from March 4 – June 17th, focuses on art made in California in the same period. For viewers who won’t be making the trip to LA this year, The Parrish exhibition includes works by many of the important PST artists and is a good synopsis of the Getty project.

LA-X  will run concurrently with EST-3 and takes off where PST ends. A group show of artists living and working in Los Angeles, LA-X focuses on artists born between 1960 and 1980, the same years that much of the PST work was being made. This is also the unofficial demographic of Generation X, thus the hyphenated X in the show’s title. Many of the artists in the exhibition have migrated to LA from elsewhere, viewing Los Angeles as a cultural destination, so the reference to the city’s airport seems apt.

The LA art scene has been described as a multi-generational social ecosystem, and the participant list of artists in this exhibition evolved organically, through a network of recommendations by friends and colleagues. Rather than focusing on a particular movement or style, the show reflects the diversity and eclectic energy emanating from the Golden State at this time. Now that the art world has become more globalized, in part because of the proliferation of art fairs and the internet, is it even possible for a regional aesthetic or movement to exist? How has living in LA influenced these artists (or not)? And what impact, if any, have the PST artists had on them? The exhibition will examine these issues generally as well as the specific concerns of the artists involved.

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BARTERING EVENTBarney’s Beanery
8447 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069Tuesday, April 10, 2012
7:00 – 10:00pmRSVP strongly recommended: rsvp@nomadicdivision.org, space is limited.

PREVIEW EXHIBITION

Commissioned barter pieces by:

Dike Blair, Zoe Crosher, Meredith Danluck, Eve Fowler, Jonah Freeman, Anna Sew Hoy, Ellen Harvey, Justin Lowe, Amanda Ross-Ho, among others.

Perpetual Conceptual: Echoes of Eugenia Butler
8126 – 8132 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Saturday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
March 28 – April 7, 2012

Wednesday – Friday: Noon – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 6pm

Originally presented at Eugenia Butler Gallery in 1969, the Barter Show consisted of a series of subtle watercolor washes on 12 x 16 inch paper, which Kienholz bartered for the sums, objects, or experiences painted on them. For this tribute, a group of contemporary artists have been commissioned to create works, following Kienholz’s guidelines, to be bartered at Barney’s Beanery on April 10th. All works to be bartered will be on view at Perpetual Conceptual: Echoes of Eugenia Butler from March 28 to April 7, 2012. We encourage interested parties to visit the exhibition before the event to familiarize themselves with work for which they would like to barter.

The commissioned artworks will be presented on-site for guests to view and barter throughout the evening. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to bring their barter objects to the event at Barney’s Beanery, and trade for the artwork on site, as participation in the tribute itself. Any remaining work will be on display at LAND’s exhibition space until April 21, 2012.

Please note that bartering will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early to ensure your chance at bartering for one of the pieces. Valet parking is available at Barney’s Beanery and Palihouse. Street parking is limited and additional parking is also available in the Kings Road Municipal Parking Structure located at 8383 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 for a flat rate of $4.00.

The James Lee Byars Artist Concentration as part of Perpetual Conceptual: Echoes of Eugenia Butler has been extended until April 21, 2012.

Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

 

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