Tony Berlant: Works from 1962-1964

Tony Berlant: Works from 1962-1964
Library Shelf Location 18.BERL
Publication Date 2011
Description Venice, CA – L.A. Louver is pleased to present the early work of Los Angeles-based artist Tony Berlant. This is the first time these pieces have been exhibited in almost five decades. Pre-dating the sophisticated collage works in tin on wood panel for which Berlant has become renowned, these “girl pieces” provide a unique insight into the early development of the artist’s work. Although hung on the wall, these pieces are three-dimensional objects. Berlant combined non-traditional art materials -- clothes and resin -- as well as paint, to create hybrid works that exist between painting and sculpture. The outside edge of each work is a prominent extension of the face of the picture, conveying a strong assertion of object-hood. Most of these life-size works have direct reference to the figure, but without allusion to the face. Several are self-portraits, while others -- such as Elaine, Barbara and Sue -- refer to friends of the artist. Les 8 portrays a series of brightly colored shirts presented in two rows of four; in the enigmatic and emotive 3 a.m., one distinguishes a women’s negligee under the thick accretions of dark paint and resin, while Made in Germany seemingly diverts from the figure entirely.
Quantity 1
Pages 48 pages, 22 color illustrations
Author Tony Berlant
Format Exhibition Catalogue
Publisher L.A Louver Publications
Related Artist Tony Berlant
Category Collage
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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