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Art @ Michael’s Showcases L.A. Masters

July 18, 2011
Bachardy’s arresting portraits look stunning in the upstairs space.

Under the direction of Kim McCarty, our Art @ Michael’s program in the upstairs dining rooms at Michael’s Santa Monica has always celebrated the best of Southland artists. Now, and through the year’s end, these exhibitions are kicking into high gear in anticipation of the forthcoming major Getty Center show Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970 (October 1, 2011–February 5, 2012).

Now showing (through September 7th) in Art @ Michael’s is a rare collection of portrait drawings by famed L.A. artist Don Bachardy. Dating from the 1960s through the 1980s, they showcase some of the driving forces of the rising local arts scene, including painters Robert Irwin, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Ruscha, and photographer William Claxton. The show was specially curated by respected Los Angeles journalist and critic Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, whose newest book, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s, is being published this month.

Starting September 7th and on view through the end of the year, Art @ Michael’s will host a show by famed abstract/minimalist artist/sculptor Larry Bell. With works featured in museum collections around the world, Bell explores what he describes as “the interface of light and surface.”

The garden reflected in Bachardy's beautiful art.

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