specific object / david platzker
Dwan, Los Angeles / New York: The Ephemera of a Gallery, 1959 – 1971
an exhibition to be held at Specific Object
September 12 – December 16, 2011
Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Dwan, Los Angeles / New York: The Ephemera of a Gallery, 1959 – 1971
. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from September 12 – December 16, 2011.
In this project Specific Object presents the history of Virginia Dwan's seminal Dwan Gallery through the ephemera produced by the gallery for its exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York between 1959 and 1971.
The ephemera of Dwan Gallery reveals the history of a gallery at the integral core of emerging trends in contemporary art throughout the 1960s. A gallery that championed conceptual, minimal and earthwork movements with momentous exhibitions and a roster of artists that include William Anastasi, Carl Andre, Arakawa, John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Niki de Saint Phalle, Mark di Suvero, Tom Doyle, Dan Flavin, Michael Heizer, Ed Kienholz, Yves Klein, Sol LeWitt, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Robert Smithson and Kenneth Snelson among others.
The most resonant pieces include the sand flocked announcement for the groundbreaking group exhibition titled Earthworks
, 1968; Smithson’s Mono Lake Nonsite
, 1969, announcement (a 1 inch high by 30 inch long folded paper strip), Smithson's Movie Treatment for Spiral Jetty
, 1970; and Heizer's imposing 36 x 60 inch poster featuring an image of the artist's monumental earth work Double Negative
A checklist of the exhibition is available at:
Specific Object is grateful for the assistance and generous cooperation of Virginia Dwan and of Anne Kovach of the Virginia Dwan Collection / Dwan Gallery Archives with this exhibition.
Specific Object is located at 601 West 26th Street / Floor 2M / Room M285, New York City. Telephone (212) 242-6253.
Specific Object's website is www.specificobject.com
For additional information regarding the exhibition or Specific Object please email David Platzker at email@example.com
Photo: Virginia Dwan looking through Charles Ross Prism
, ca. 1968. Photo courtesy Dwan Gallery Archives