October 26, 2011

phenomenal: california light, space, surface



phenomenal: california light, space, surface
museum of contemporary art san diego
9.25.11 - 1.22.12



craig kauffman, untitled, 1968
synthetic polymer vacuum-formed plexiglas with acrylic lacquer 23 x 51 x 12in. © craig Kauffman
photo by philipp scholz rittermann. collection museum of contemporary art san diego, gift of arthur and carol goldberg in honor of margo leavin.







larry bell, untitled, c. 1980
coated glass and chrome frame, 18 1/8 x 18 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. © larry bell
photo by philipp scholz rittermann. collection museum of contemporary art san diego, gift of jerrold and sandra canter







peter alexander, orange wedge, 1970
cast resin 95 1/2 x 4 x 4 in. © peter alexander
photo by philipp scholz rittermann. collection museum of contemporary art san diego, museum purchase.








douglas wheeler, untitled, 1965
acrylic on canvas with neon tubing, overall dimensions: 87 5/8 x 80 3/4in., © doug wheeler
photo by philipp scholz rittermann. gift of the artist and partial museum purchase with international and contemporary collectors funds and proceeds from museum of contemporary art san diego art auction 2010.







robert irwin, untitled, 1969
acrylic lacquer on formed acrylic plastic, 53 in. diameter x 3 in. deep, © robert irwin/artists rights society (ars), new york
photo by philipp scholz rittermann. collection museum of contemporary art san diego, museum purchase.







larry bell, little blank riding hood, 1962
acrylic on shaped canvas, 65 x 65 x 2 1/4in. © larry bell
photo by philipp scholz rittermann. collection museum of contemporary art san diego, gift of murray gribin







robert irwin, untitled, 1969-70
cast acrylic column, 144 x 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. © robert irwin/artists rights society (ars), new york
photo by philipp scholz rittermann. collection museum of contemporary art san diego. museum purchase in honor of jackie and rea axline.








john mccracken, blue block in three parts, 1966
lacquer, polyester resin, fiberglass, plywood overall dimensions: 33 x 40 x 33 in. © john mccracken
photo by philipp scholz ritterman. collection museum of contemporary art san diego, museum purchase with funds from ansley i. graham trust, los angeles.







mary corse, untitled (space + electric light), 1968
plexiglas, neon, high frequency energy 45 1/4 x 45 1/4 x 4 3/4in. © mary corse
photo courtesy of the artist and ace gallery. collection museum of contemporary art san diego, museum purchase with funds from the annenberg foundation.








james turrell, stuck red and stuck blue, 1970
construction materials and fluorescent lights wall: 180 x 168 in. (457.2 x 426.7 cm); aperture: 90 x 26 in. © james turrell
photo by philipp scholz rittermann. collection museum of contemporary art san diego, museum purchase, elizabeth w. russell foundation funds.







larry bell, untitled, 1964
coated glass with chrome plated brass frame, 14 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. © larry bell
photo by philipp scholz rittermann. collection museum of contemporary art san diego, museum purchase








helen pashgian, untitled, 1968-1969
cast polyester resin, 8 in. diameter © helen pashgian
photo by philipp scholz rittermann. museum purchase, international contemporary collectors fund.

presented in mcasd's two locations, phenomenal focuses on perceptual investigations by artists that began in los angeles and southern california in the 1960s, fomenting many of the most vanguard practices engaging young artists today. peter alexander, larry bell, ron cooper, mary corse, robert irwin, craig kauffman, bruce nauman, eric orr, helen pashgian, james turrell, de wain valentine, and douglas wheeler are among a cadre of artists who pioneered distinctive approaches that focus on visual perception rather than discreet objects. the exhibition will include paintings, drawings, and resin and acrylic sculptures as well as site-responsive installations in which the predominant medium is light.
museum of contemporary art san diego
1100 kettner blvd
san diego, ca


many thanks to the museum of contemporary art san diego and leah masterson for providing the images for this post. please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

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