ART ON BERGAMONT

26 10 2015

BERGAMONT STATION OPENING NIGHT

On October 24th 2015, the Bergamont Station  gallery row is buzzing with life!… It was packed! Parking was full! There were so many events simultaneously that it was barely possible to visit them all,

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Craig Krull Gallery, Ned Evans Oct 24, 2015

I was very enthusiastic to see what is in show – some of the invitations were  informative I was actually looking to an Art Talk at Samuel Freeman Gallery , just to find out that they have moved and I simply have forgotten… Ugh.

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Andrew Weiss Gallery Oct 24 2015, Photo: ArtChronicle

But there were many new galleries in the place of the ones that have moved elsewhere . Attending the openings was very exciting for me! Especially this Saturday , the Gallery Row seemed to be brimming with life! I went with a friend of mine, who is a couture designer –  and we did a series of gallery  openings. Some – in and out – others kept me in to savor the Artists work. Some of them shows  were great – others outstanding…
One thing   didn’t make me happy – the SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART has closed its doors….. This was a sad moment – but I am sure it will be resolved in matter of  months. I have been there a few times – and ever since it opened – it looked more like a gallery. Perhaps because my idea of an Art Museum as institutions like MOCA or LACMA or TATE …. Anyway – regardless of what I thought – it was a great start for a future institution. Arts have in disfavor f lately by lawmakers and budgetmakers , cutting art programs from schools –  so any organization that enhances public ‘s interest in  Art  is good. Santa Monica Museum of Art , despite its small size was a plus…It remains to be seen what the fate of this art establishment will be.

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Laura Korman Gallery,Artist Katherine Tsu Mann, Oct 24, 2015

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CHARISSA BARGER Harp at Laura KORMAN Gallery

The truth is– most of the shows were good, some of the shows were even fantastic ! ANDREW WEISS GALLERY, located in the place of the James Gray gallery had a great opening of small works on paper by Larry Bell and Ed Moses among others. It had the feel of a San Francisco gallery… GREG KRULL GALLERY had works by Ned Evans, RUTH BACHOFNER Gallery was showing Virginia Katz and Audra Weasner, LOIS LAMBERT had Kinetic Art and LAURA KORMAN has Katherine Tsu Lynn Mann. All galleries were curated and staged to perfection this season. .Some of them displaying quite a classy presentation with a performance by classical harpist( Charissa Barger at Laura Korman) . The effort extended past the Art and contributed to an air of a celebrartory feel. Hopefully this will reflect in the sales. Bergamont Station is making a come back!!Public’s interest in Art is making a come back! This is the best news as of lately. Yes! Finally! Thank you LA!

Your truly,

TY

 

 

 

 

Tsvetana

for TheArtChronicle

 




Larry Bell At FRANK LLOYD GALLERY

5 03 2010

Larry Bell – A  Contemporary Master

Upon visiting  the Frank LLoyd Gallery, at The Bergamont Station in Santa Monica  – Larry Bell’s work attracted me with its impeccable execution – and somber colors. The textures of the collages were unique – with this  fine, yet commercial feel to it. There is beauty in   the primal compositions ,  executed in the finest of techniques. Add to the blend metallic paint and  all shades of  the dark palette – and you get the picture. Two words come to mind – refined mysticism. We are left with our imagination – wondering where is Joan now?

Larry Bell’s work emerged in the mid-1960’s, and is often included in major exhibitions of Minimal art. His work was shown in the first exhibit to focus on Minimal art, “Primary Structures”, at the Jewish Museum in 1966. Bell’s work was also included in the seminal Museum of Modern Art exhibit, “The Responsive Eye” in 1965. More recently, Bell’s work was prominently presented in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s show, “A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968”, and discussed at length in the catalogue essays.
Bell is one of the most prominent and influential artists to have come out of the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, first showing at the Huysman Gallery, and then at Ferus. He became associated with the most important movements at the time, such as Light and Space art and what was described as “Finish Fetish” (a term coined by the late critic John Coplans). Bell has continued to investigate the complexities of highly refined surface treatments of glass, as well as large-scale sculptural installations.

Larry Bell was born in Chicago in 1939, and currently resides in Taos, New Mexico. The artist now maintains studios in Taos, New Mexico and Venice, California. Having grown up in the San Fernando Valley, Bell attended Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles from 1957 through 1959, where he was a student of Robert Irwin. He was extraordinarily successful as a young artist, and showed regularly at Pace Gallery in New York between 1965 and 1973. In September of 2005, Pace Wildenstein presented a show of works titled “Larry Bell: The Sixties”.

His work is in public collections throughout the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo; Art Institute of Chicago; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Gallery, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Currently Showing at  Frank LLoyd Gallery,  Bergamont Station Santa Monica,CA Frank Lloyd Galler,2525 Michigan Avenue, B5B, Santa Monica, CA
90404, tel: 310 264-3866, fax: 310 264-3868

info@franklloyd.com