Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
As Part of the Getty Initiative
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980
Two solo exhibitions surveying the works of important women artists from Los Angeles, Claire
Falkenstein and Ruth Weisberg, open with a reception at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Ave., Los
Angeles, Saturday, February 18 from 6-9 p.m., with Weisberg in attendance. The exhibitions run through April 28,
and continue the gallery’s themed Pacific Standard Time shows, which debuted September 28, 2011 with an
historic Hans Burkhardt exhibition.
“Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe” features a selection of the artist’s larger sculptural work
and rarely-seen paintings, and follows an earlier
Pacific Standard Time exhibition at the gallery of
her intimately-scaled sculpture, wall pieces and
Claire Falkenstein’s (1908-1997) work, with its
innovative use of materials such as glass, metal
and resin, reveals a prescient fascination with the
possibilities of chance and choice which parallels
current views of our expanding universe. Her
ability to move sculpture to non-traditional realms,
whereby she incorporates and suggests both the
expansiveness of form as well as the compression
of space, has established her as one of the most
important modern artists in this medium.
Falkenstein is well-known as the creator of Peggy
Guggenheim’s Venice palazzo gates.
Falkenstein’s first solo museum exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1940 was followed by her works
being shown at such prestigious museums as the Louvre and the Rodin Museums of Paris. Moving to Paris for 13
years in 1950, her studio was central as a meeting place for admiring critics and artists. Her works were shown at
The Tate Gallery in London, Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie
Institute in Pittsburgh, Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Venice, National
Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
The exhibition also launches the first major publication detailing her entire career – Claire Falkenstein – with
essays by art historians Susan M. Anderson and Maren Henderson, art writer and critic Michael Duncan, and an
introduction by Philip Linhares, President of the Falkenstein Foundation and former Chief Curator of Art at the
Oakland Museum of California.
“Ruth Weisberg: Now & Then” presents paintings
and works on paper by one of Los Angeles’ most celebrated
figurative artists since her arrival 1969. The exhibition, which
includes her most recent paintings, and spanning more than
three decades, reveals Weisberg’s unique vision through
which the viewer sees the convergence of art history,
personal memory, and cultural experience.
The exhibition reveals Weisberg’s decades-long interest in
re-imagining the works of such past masters such as Titian,
Velazquez, Blake and Corot. Through fresco-like effects in
her unstretched paintings as well as the veils of washes in
her masterful lithographs, Weisberg brings past-time into
Ruth Weisberg is currently a professor at USC, where she was one of the longest tenured Deans of the Roski School of Fine Art. Weisberg is the first living painter to have
been afforded a solo exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum of Art. She holds that distinction as well at the
Huntington Library. Her first major survey in Los Angeles was in 1979 at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The
subject of over 80 solo and 185 group exhibitions, Weisberg’s work is included in the permanent collections of
over 60 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Whitney
Museum of American Art, Portland Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute,
Norton Simon Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Institute of Arts, Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, Rome
Institute Nationale per la Grafica, among many others.
Special event programs related to the Ruth Weisberg exhibition and a Falkenstein book signing on the evening
of March 24 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts will soon be announced with additional information via E-mail and web
postings at www.jackrutbergfinearts.com
“Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe” and “Ruth Weisberg: Now & Then” opens February 18 and
extends through April 28 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts located at 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California,
90036. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further
information phone (323) 938-5222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Images from the exhibitions are available for press purposes upon request