California Art: Selections from the Fredrick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection

CALIFORNIA ART: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection

Contact: Shelley Lavender

Platt Gallery

American Jewish University

(310)476-9777, Ext. 201

Platt and Borstein Galleries  


CALIFORNIA ART: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection will be on exhibit December 2 through February 10, 2008, at the Platt Gallery at American Jewish University. The public is invited to attend the afternoon reception, Sunday, December 16, from 3-5 pm. Platt Gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, Friday 10 to 2 pm. Parking is free. American Jewish University is located at 15600 Mulholland Drive, adjacent to the 405 freeway in the Sepulveda pass. For more information or to schedule a docent tour, call (310)476-9777 ext.201.

This exhibit spans 1967 to 2006, a period in which California art rose to rank in importance with art centered in New York and Paris. The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation was established in 1982 by the late entrepreneur, philanthropist, and art collector, Frederick R. Weisman, whose mission was to foster enthusiasm for art by making his collection physically and intellectually accessible to a wide audience. The Foundation, which contains over one thousand works, continues under the able direction of Billie Milam Weisman. Her selections for this exhibition feature sculptural works that use common industrial materials and paintings that excite our senses with color and space.

The power of color as subject can be experienced in the paintings of Billy Al Bengston, Joe Goode, Matt Mullican, Doug Edge, David Amico, and Alison Van Pelt. Color radiates from Billy Al Bengston’s “Klenator Draculas”, a painting of machine-like arcs and bars which set off delicate iris blossoms in a blazing red field. John Chamberlain’s painted crushed steel, Max Finkelstein’s enamel on aluminum, Gilad Ben-Artzi’s fabricated bronze sculpture, Ronald Davis and John McCracken’s polyester resin are shaped into elegant sculptural forms. Many of the twenty California artists included in the exhibition are preoccupied with processes and materials, the aesthetic component which characterizes much of contemporary art.



 Billy Al Bengston, Klenator Draculas, 1977, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 56 1/8 in. 

Billy Al Bengston,      Klenator Draculas,      1977, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 56 1/8 in.  

To view the Foundation’s permanent collection, please call 310-277-5321. 


Industrial Strength  UNTITLED (CHINO) 

AMICO, David
Industrial Strength
oil, acrylic & Conte crayon on canvas
96 x 72 in.

ARNOLDI, Charles
wood relief monotype
90 x 74 in.

The Runner   MAGNET EYES  

The Runner
74-1/2 x 51-1/2 x 23-3/8 in.

paint on chromium plated steel
35-3/4 x 53 x 34 in.