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David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own

September 17 – December 10, 2017

The University Art Museum (UAM) will organize the first monographic exhibition in the U.S. on the Argentine-born artist David Lamelas as part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time Initiative LA/LA. Best known as a pioneer of conceptual art, Lamelas gained international acclaim for his work in the 1968 Venice Biennale, Office of Information about the Vietnam War at Three Levels. After moving to Los Angeles in 1976, Lamelas participated in the Long Beach Museum's influential video arts program, and his ongoing conceptual practice influenced an emerging circle of L.A. artists. Since 1988, Lamelas has divided his time among various cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris, and the nomadic nature of his practice has been an important influence on his creative production. The UAM exhibition will showcase the extraordinary breadth of his practice—encompassing post-minimalist sculpture, photography, and video installations and films—presenting many of his key works in the U.S. for the first time. 

Co-curated by Kristina Newhouse and Maria Jose Herrera

artist sitting on a chair in the park
David Lamelas

Signaling of Three Objects, 1968

19 1/4 x 23 1/4 inches
Edition 5 + 1 AP
© David Lamelas
Courtesy of the artist, Sprüth Magers and Jan Mot

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Upcoming – Robert Irwin: Site Determined

January 28 – April 15, 2018

Robert Irwin: Site Determined is the first exhibition to explore four decades of the artist’s outdoor environmental projects through his drawings and architectural models. Starting with Irwin’s 1975 drawing for Window Wall, his first outdoor sculpture, the exhibition traces the gradually widening scope of Irwin’s art through such ambitious projects as his Arts Enrichment Master Plan for the Miami International Airport and his Central Garden at the J. Paul Getty Center. The exhibition culminates with twenty drawings and an architectural model for one of Irwin’s most important site determined works to date in Marfa, Texas. From one drawing to the next, and from one project to the next, the exhibition visitor will discover an expansion of aesthetic range as well as a gradually increasing chromatic freedom.

Curated by Dr. Matthew Simms

color pencil drawing on mylar
Robert Irwin
Marfa Color Plan, 2002
Color pencil on Mylar
Sheet: 30 x 42 inches
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Promised gift of L.J. Cella

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