David Bromley, Lauren Johnson
Andrew Weiss Gallery is honored to present, in its Los Angeles premier, a collection of paintings capturing free spirited, alluring, LA women on canvas. This collection features prominent and upcoming models within Los Angeles. Each model displays their own beauty, style, and grace within each canvas, which is so eloquently captured by Australian artist David Bromley.
This newly curated collection features David Bromley’s talent of illuminating the personalities of these women on canvas, each with their own unique qualities. This collection presents alongside, and is a companion to "Marilyn at 90: A Tribute to David Bromley", a retrospective exhibition featuring Marilyn Monroe through the lens and with the brush.
David Bromley, Mallory Jansen
"L.A. Women" and "Marilyn at 90: A Tribute to David Bromley" will begin with our opening reception on June 25, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and will run through September 1, 2016.
Interview with David Bromley on his inspiration for "L.A. Women":
"Andy Warhol immortalized her and even though her time on this earth had passed, she lives on forever a face, physicality, and a charisma. Her potency continues to seduce us as she seems both so beautiful and powerful. Equally, she seemed at times sad in her eyes and frail. With our opportunity to paint her and work with her images, we feel as if we have an opportunity to engage with her for longer. At times these works follow in the footsteps of people like Warhol, who, like me, seeks to heighten a story already told through respect and flamboyance, to paint her and further immortalize her."-David Bromley
Andrew Weiss Gallery is very excited to present a new collection of work by Russian-born French artist Romain de Tirtoff, or more commonly known as Erté. Andrew Weiss Gallery has recently acquired over 40 different unique fashion illustrations created by Erté in the 20th century. Each piece is unique and full of vibrant colors that pop right off the paper. These eye-catching paintings are windows into old Hollywood fashion and film.
Erté was a vastly diverse artist who excelled in an array of fields including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume, and set design for film, theatre, opera, and interior decor. Erté designed over 200 covers for the popular magazine, Harper's Bazaar, as well as many others including Illustrated London News, Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, and Vogue.
This particular group of pieces were the private collection of Helene Martini, also known as the Empress or the Countess. Martini was known for her involvement with the Parisian cabarets and owned 10 cabarets all over the city including Folies Bergere and Folies Pigalle. Her and Erté were great friends and he left this collection to her after he passed. A few years ago Helene Martini decided to put the whole collection up for auction.
RARE PRINT WORKS BY LA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL GROUP OF ARTISTS:
Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Laddie John Dill, Craig Kauffman, Eric Orr,
and Ed Moses
Billy Al Bengston, BAB 1, 1988, original etching, 30x22 in., hand signed and numbered
(SANTA MONICA, CA)--Andrew Weiss Gallery is pleased to announce The Cool School in Barcelona: Rare Handmade Print Works by LA’s Most Influential Group of Artists.
Polígrafa Obra Gràfica were innovators with their short-term residency program. In 1988 and 1989 Poligrafa invited eight prominent California-based artists--Billy Al Bengston, Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Laddie John Dill, Criag Kauffman, Ed Moses, Eric Orr and Ed Ruscha--to each spend two weeks in Barcelona and create handmade prints based on their experiences and impressions of the city. Most of this trailblazing group of California Light and Space and Pop artists, who worked in mediums ranging from sculpture to painting and installations, received their first introduction to printmaking at this time.
Peter Alexander, Hallelujah II, 1988, original lithograph, 22 x 30 in., hand signed and numbered
The majority of the works created during these artist residencies were then archived for nearly 30 years by Poligrafa, and rediscovered and reintroduced exclusively by Andrew Weiss Gallery.
Gallerist Andrew Weiss brings the rare print works of these renowned California artists to his light-filled gallery space in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station, close to the studios still in practice by many of these Venice and Santa Monica-based artists. On view will be more than 50 works highlighting Los Angeles’s first and most significant post-war artists, who continue to lead and influence today’s contemporary art world. The hand numbered, limited edition etchings and lithographs on woven paper are each hand signed and dated by the artist.
Eric Orr, Catalonian Nine, 1989, original embossed etching, 30 x 22 in. hand signed and numbered
Barcelona-based fine art printmaker Polígrafa Obra Gráfica was launched in 1964 by Manuel de Muga and has published editions featuring over 300 leading artists since then. After the death of Francisco Franco in 1975, and at the end of Spain’s 36-year fascist regime, Poligrafa was widely credited for bringing new art and artists into the country, injecting a breeze of freshness and modernity to Spain’s moribund cultural atmosphere. Their artists have always been chosen by a criteria of rigor and ambition. Polígrafa published editions by artists who are today recognized as among the foremost of their time, such as Joan Miró, Francis Bacon, Max Ernst, John Cage, Alex Katz, Rufino Tamayo, and Francisco Toledo.
In conjunction with this exhibition, the gallery will also be screening The Cool School: The Story of Ferus Art Gallery, a documentary film by Morgan Neville that focuses on the seminal Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, which between 1957 and 1966 solidified the careers of a band of young and rebellious artists including Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Craig Kauffman, Moses, and Ed Ruscha.
The Cool School In Barcelona: Rare Print Works by LA’s Most Influential Group of Artists is on view from October 24, 2015 until December 5, 2015.