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LACMA’s Four Abstract Classicists

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Frederick Hammersley, Around a round, 1959. Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 37 x 1 3/4 in. LACMA.

This two Saturday workshop takes the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition Four Abstract Classicists as its focus, examining the 2 primary directions that emerged as alternatives to Abstract Expressionism in New York and California in the late 1950s: Assemblage Art on one hand and hard-edge and Post-Painterly abstraction on the other.  It was in the late 50s that Jasper Johns, Red Grooms, Agnes Martin, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses, Robert Irwin, and Billy Al Bengston had their first solo shows, the 4 latter being presented at the historic Ferus Gallery, which was founded in Los Angeles in 1957.

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Frank Stella, Gran Cairo, 1962. Alkyd on canvas, 85 1/2 x 85 1/2 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

It was also at this time that Robert Rauschenberg unveiled a large group of Combines, John Chamberlain showed sculptures made of automobile parts, Louise Nevelson exhibited her first environment, and Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, and Robert Ryman turned their attention to painting stripes, targets, and monochromes, respectively.  This short course examines the various manifestations of these tendencies and traces their evolution into Fluxus, Pop Art, and Minimalism by the early 1960s.

To enroll or learn more, please see here.

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Lorser Feitelson, Hard Edge Line Painting, 1963. 72 x 60in. LACMA.


Course Spotlight: Handmade Book Structures

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With a focus on creative projects and impeccable craftsmanship, Handmade Book Structures with Erin Zamrzla offers a comprehensive introduction to book binding – from concept to completion.  Techniques covered include accordion construction, pamphlet binding, Japanese four-hold binding (including examples of kangxi, hemp-leaf, and tortoise-shell variations), Japanese stab binding, and coptic sew binding.

Students will employ these techniques and more to create multiple books of their own design throughout the course.  No prior experience required, and spots are still available for Winter quarter – to learn more or enroll, please see here.

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LACMA launches Art + Technology Lab

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Image courtesy of A Report on the Art & Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-1971

Exploring some amazing projects in Art & Electronics this quarter?

Working on your own trailblazing initiative?

Apply to participate in LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab!  Request for Proposals are due by January 27, 2014 and can be found here.

From their press release: “The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announces its Art + Technology initiative, a new program and lab space that promotes innovative ideas and fosters collaboration across disciplines and industries. The endeavor will award grants, in-kind support, and facilities at the museum to help artists take purposeful risks in order to explore new boundaries in both art and science. The Art + Technology Lab and artist projects at LACMA are made possible by Accenture, DAQRI, and NVIDIA, with additional support from Google and SpaceX. A grant from the Los Angeles County Productivity Investment Fund is supporting the public lab at the museum to house the initiative, including artist demos and public programming.

A Hundred Years presents 20X20

A Hundred Years design studio, homebase for instructor Marc Mertens, presents their first installment of 20×20 on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7pm. Featuring legendary designer Bruce Mau, along with innovators Carla Fernandez of The Dinner Party, Omar Brownson of LA River Revitalization Corporation, and Greg & Dan of Modern Bite, 20X20 brings a night of rapid-fire presentations to the Arts District of Downtown L.A. Stay back after the presentations to enjoy some wine and dance the night away to the fine musical stylings of their in-house DJ, Aaron Davis.

Always committed to the long-view, A Hundred Years has asked their guest presenters to share how they hope their actions today will impact the world in 100 years. Keeping it short and sweet, they’ll show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, clocking in @ 6:40.

For more information and to RSVP, see here.

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