"Swell: Art 1950-2010" Exhibition


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Curated by Tim Nye and Jacqueline Miro. This survey of art inspired by surf and beach culture will open to the public on July 1st at Nyehaus, Metro Pictures and Friedrich Petzel Gallery and will include work by most members of the group of Venice Beach artists known as "Light and Space" and "Finish Fetish." The show historically contextualizes beach culture and its poetic and freeing nature on the Beat Generation, Assemblage, "Light and Space," "Finish Fetish," and early Pop Art.

One of the main axes of the show is the obvious yet sensual relationship between "Shapers" and the "Finish Fetish" movement of the 60's. As the show focuses on two cities, L.A. and New York, it attempts to place the Ocean and its proximity to both cities as an antidote to a cacophony of quantities, speed and competing images. It also addresses how later generations of artists have looked back at assemblage, ephemera and graffiti as a way to either incorporate or reject the piercing presence of branding, advertisement, and information technology. "Swell" is a state of mind, but it is also our way of understanding distant forces, the beyond



from July 01, 2010 to August 06, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-06-30 from 17:30 to 18:45

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