November 30, 2011
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Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface focuses on perceptual investigations undertaken by artists during the 1960s and ’70s in Los Angeles, fomenting some of the most vanguard practices engaging young artists today. Larry Bell, Mary Corse, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, James Turrell, and Doug Wheeler are among a cadre of artists whose work focused on visual perception and facilitated an awareness of the viewer’s physical body moving through space. MCASD, which was founded in La Jolla in 1941, has been actively collaborating with many of the artists featured in Phenomenal since the 1960s.
The exhibition will feature key works from MCASD’s collection as well as loans from prominent public and private collections. Phenomenal is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980, a major region-wide initiative funded and spearheaded by the Getty Foundation. The exhibition is organized for MCASD by Director Hugh M. Davies and Curator Robin Clark.
Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue co-published by MCASD and University of California Press. The publication is edited by Robin Clark with essays by Michael Auping, Robin Clark, Stephanie Hanor, Adrian Kohn and Dawna Schuld and a foreword by Hugh M. Davies.
Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface has been made possible by major grants from the Getty Foundation. The project has also received a generous contribution from Farrell Family Foundation, and grants from the Henry Luce.
Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than 50 cultural institutions across Southern California, which are coming together to tell the story of the birth of the LA art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.