Made in California
Selections from the Frederick R.
Weisman Art Foundation

December 3 – 6, 2015

 

This exhibition showcases key pieces from the private collection of Frederick R. Weisman, among them works by legendary artists such as Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Gisela Colon, and Robert Irwin. Weisman was a Los Angeles-based businessman whose passion and eye for contemporary art brought him international renown.

 

 
 

This exhibition is a selection of works from the collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, among them works by legendary artists such as Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Robert Irwin. Weisman was a Los Angeles-based businessman whose passion and eye for contemporary art brought him international renown.

Weisman began collecting in the mid-1950s, just as the Los Angeles art scene began to emerge on a national scale. He was an early supporter of many of the artists that rose to prominence under the Ferus Gallery, run by Walter Hopps and Ed Kienholz. These LA artists were inspired by their daily lives and surroundings—the local terrain, vibrant sun, beautiful sunsets, blue skies, surfboards, and fast, flashy cars of California culture. Their sphere of influence became known as the Cool School. Weisman recognized their significance early on, and continued collecting—later on, with his wife, Billie Milam, a museum professional, now director and curator of the foundation continuing his legacy.

This 100-strong exhibition showcases a wide selection of mediums from iconic and emerging artists. There are works from movements such as Finish Fetish, where artists such as Ron Davis and Craig Kauffman produced immaculately polished works; and Light and Space, which fashioned minimalist, experiential works by the likes of Larry Bell and Robert Irwin; ranging from sculpture (Lita Albuquerque, Jeff Colson, Tim Hawkinson, Kaz Oshiro) painting (Sam Francis, Joe Goode, John McLaughlin), and photography (David Hockney, Jay Mark Johnson, Melanie Pullen).

The Weismans were committed to the idea that art and artists are of unwavering importance to modern society. The collection contains over 1300 hundred works, which includes many European Modernist, Abstract Expressionist, Surrealist and Pop Art masterpieces. Under the direction of Mrs. Billie Milam Weisman, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation continues to collect California art and celebrate the cultural legacy of both Frederick Weisman and the West Coast.

Made in California is being held at Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 NW 23rd Street, Miami, Florida.

 

 

 

IMAGES
(1) Ed Rusha, Ancient Dogs..., , 1980
(2) Ed Rusha, Mexico, Texas..., 1980
(3) Ed Rusha, Eternal Amnesia, 1982