‘Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971’ at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art is presenting the history of Dwan Gallery, “Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971,” through September 10, 2017.It is a beautiful yet prickly exhibition of some 100 works. Most of them come from Ms Dwan’s own collection, while a few originally shown at the gallery — such as Edward Kienholz’s infamous “Back Seat Dodge ’38” (a life-size, ramshackle assemblage from 1964 of a couple making love in a car) — were lent to this exhibition from elsewhere. Not everyone will find beauty in a 1961 Rauschenberg canvas with random parts of a police barricade attached to it, or a plaster “Giant Wedge of Pecan Pie” (1963) by Claes Oldenburg, or a small untitled box festooned with straight pins by Lucas Samaras from 1963. But with the awe and profundity conveyed by more than a half-century’s distance, they strike us as — at the very least — well designed, witty and passionately felt.The exhibition is on view at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA.For details, visit:                                       Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. 

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