WHO: Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Metro Pictures, and Nyehaus are pleased to announce the opening of “Swell, Art 1950 – 2010”.
WHAT: A survey of surf-themed art produced by city dwellers that opened to the public on July 1st at the three gallery locations in Chelsea. Swell will include work by most members of the group of Venice Beach artists known as Light and Space and Finish Fetish (all of them surfers) including De Wain Valentine, Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Laddie John Dill and others.
WHERE: Friedrich Petzel Gallery, 537 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011
WHEN: July 1st – August 6th, 2010
WHY: “In its initial vogue, these works spoke directly to a new kind of artistic decorum–less aggressive than pop, less ideological than Minimalism, and less maidenly than post-painterly abstraction. It had a kind of gallantry–the cool courtesy of a well-born rake. California Minimalism created a gracious, social space in it’s glow and reflection; it treated us amicably, made us more beautiful by gathering us into it’s dance. It still does this today, so I am not amazed by the renewed interest in this work. I am still amazed, however, that my beach-bum pals could have created such a capacious and courtly art, although beach bums, I suppose, have dreams like everybody else.”
Dave Hickey, in his essay about Primary Atmospheres