Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this exhibition explores the art of Light and Space as well as related works with highly polished surfaces often referred to as “finish fetish.” In the 1960s and 1970s, various Southern California artists began to create works that investigated perceptual phenomena: how we come to understand form, volume, presence, and absence through light, whether seen directly through other materials, reflected, or refracted. Many used newly developed industrial materials—including sheet acrylic, fiberglass, and polyester resin—in their work. Light, Space, Surface draws on LACMA’s deep holdings of this material, revealing the vibrancy and diversity of this aspect of American art history. Featured artists include Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Judy Chicago, Mary Corse, Fred Eversley, Robert Irwin, John McCracken, James Turrell, and Doug Wheeler, among others.
This exhibition is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Generous support for the Addison’s presentation of this exhibition has been provided by the Arthur and Vivian Schulte Exhibitions Fund, David T. Netto, UOVO, and the Sam Francis Foundation.
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