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Wallace Berman
Untitled (Red)
Courtesy Estate of Wallace Berman and Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
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by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

Since the Getty-funded Pacific Standard Time exhibitions are largely focused on art made in Los Angeles between 1945 and 1980, experimentation is something of a leitmotif. During those years, artists everywhere were pushing the boundaries of what could be considered art, and L.A. was especially bold. The artists Robert Heinecken (1931-2006) and Wallace Berman (1927-1976), both of whom expanded the use of photographic reproduction in particular, might have seemed to exist in separate realms entirely, but their current show at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, “Speaking in Tongues,” proves that they were more closely connected than one might have thought.