Olson Visual installs fine art graphics for Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Dwan Gallery is a prominent postwar period gallery in the United States. In Westwood 1959, Dwan founded the gallery at a storefront. It was considered an avant-garde space showing revolutionary work in the 60s. Some had included Claes Oldenburg, Yves Klein, Robert Raushenberg, and Roibert Smithson. Many french artist got their start in the US from Dwan’s gallery. Her second space was in New York City where she showed Land Art, Minimal Art, and Conceptual Art. She was the leading sponsor for earthworks that included the famous Simithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) and Heizer’s Double Negative (1969). Unfortunately, her gallery had little success and closed doors after only 11 years. Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959 – 1971 Resnick Pavilion March 19, 2017–September 10, 2017 http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/dwan-gallery… read more →
It is the beginning of a new year and we look back at 2016 with some exciting achievements. We worked on the most talked about exhibitions including: Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium at The Getty Museum, Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life at The Broad, UCLA Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A. 2016″ and Guillermo Del Toro: At Home With Monsters at LACMA. Another highlight was a sponsor for the Museums and Web Conference at the Biltmore Hotel. 2016 was also a year of grand openings of The Broad Museum (mural for Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life), Spruth Magers (window display of John Baldessari’s work), Hauser Wirth and Schimmel (Barbara Kruger’s large prints ) and the exhibition for the 45th anniversary of The Plaza De La Raza, the oldest multi-disciplined community arts center in Los Angeles. Save Save
Los Angeles County Museum of Art introduced the new exhibition, Guillermo Del Toro: At Home With Monsters. It invites attendees to look inside the San Fernando Valley home of the famed director. Del Toro was known for television, book projects and films such as: Crimson Peak, Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth. The show takes the viewer into the mind of the director while showing his creative process and inspiration for his films. It includes: drawings, paintings, puppets, dolls, books, sculptures, etc. These are all organized thematically: horror, science fiction, and magic memorabilia. He explains that he is not a collector and considers them toys. Guillermo Del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He made his first film at the age of 8 and continued his interest in film by studying under special-effects artist Dick Smith. For ten years, Del Toro being a designer and formed the company, Necropia. When he was… read more →
Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Frank Gehry, a retrospective that focuses on the work of the world renowned architect. It traces the career from the early 1960s to the more recent digital design that pushes the boundaries of fabrication. The show was organized by the Centre Pompidou and the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris. The work on display includes more than 200 drawings, sixty-six models, and over sixty projects. The exhibition is divided into six themes: De-composition / Segmentation (1965-80), Composition / Assemblage (1980 – 90), Interaction / Fusion (1990 – 2000), Conflict / Tension (1990 – 2000), Flux / Continuity (2000 – 2010), and Unity / Singularity (2000 – 15). Although, the main concept that runs throughout the exhibition is urbanism which includes shopping centers, industrial sites and city centers. In the 1980s Gehry teamed up with Dassault Systémes to transform their software to handle the… read more →
On November 9, 2014 the new Larry Sultan exhibition opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Sultan was a very influential photographer based here in California. He spent his childhood in San Fernando Valley. This experience inspired much of his work. The Valley (1998-2003) was a series of photographs that he described as “…the adult film industry and the Valley’s middle-class tract homes that serve as pornographic film sets.” Other photos include: Swimmers, Evidence, Pictures from Home. The exhibition has about two hundred all-together that span throughout his career. He was known for his vibrant use of color with personal stories. One image was of his father that was called Practicing Golf Swing, 1986. It has a very realistic interpretation of California living and suburbia. Olson Visual worked on this exhibition. Their work included a beautiful wall graphic as you enter in the show. Check out these amazing photographs… read more →
This summer, images of great American art will be displayed as part of “the largest outdoor art show ever conceived.” The 58 artworks that will comprise the Art Everywhere US campaign will be be seen from coast-to-coast throughout August. You can visit an online map that will show you exactly where all the pieces are located within the United States including here, in Los Angeles. For example, William de Kooning’s Excavation from 1950 can be seen on Martin King Jr. Blvd. and Marlton. Look out for a Cindy Sherman (Untitled, 2008) on Wilshire and Sawtelle. Art Everywhere continues to be a global movement that started in the UK. Partners include: Chicago Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, and the Whitney Museum. Olson Visual is proud to have worked on this amazing event. To find out more information please visit their… read more →
What is Art Everywhere US? It’s a chance for you to be a curator of the largest outdoor exhibition ever. By voting on ten different works of art spanning from before the American Revolution to contemporary, your vote will help determine this grand show. There are 100 artworks that are shown on the website. These selections are a history of the United States and present a wide range of subjectivity including: the Dust Bowl, abstract expressionism from the 50s, melancholy images of the Great Depression, surrealism, modern painting, the great images of the American West, pop art that question the mass media, identity politics, and gender stereotypes. Many different mediums are also accounted for (illustration, photography, and painting). This exhibition is about the visionaries who captured the story of our nation. It shows the evolving place of America. The main focus is to reconnect with our history of this wonderful… read more →
Levitated Mass is the name given to the newest permanent art piece at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is the journey of a large rock that became an art legend and Olson Visual created all of the signs and graphics for this monumental occasion. OV installed and printed the black and white large-scale images seen below. These are actually, the preliminary photographs that show the artist’s process and how Levitated Mass was born. On June 24, 2012 the ribbon was cut to inaugurate this 340-ton outdoor installation. The artwork was first conceived by Michael Heizer in 1969 as an illustration that is now housed in a collection in Berlin. It wasn’t until many years later that the artist, Heizer, discovered the appropriate rock in Riverside, California. During the celebration of this new $10 million dollar rock, was the appearance of the Mayor, Antonio R. Villaraigosa. This was… read more →
Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress is an exhibition located at the Wilshire May Company Building, adjacent to Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This show traveled to Asia, South America, and Middle East. It is the fortieth anniversary of the iconic wrap dress. Vintage and contemporary pieces, along with portraits of the designer by artists ranging from Zhang Huan to Helmut Newton, are featured as part of the presentation. In anticipation of the exhibition, Unframed’s Linda Theung interviewed designer Diane von Furstenberg about the show, the exhibition’s return to the States, and the artists with whom she worked. Olson Visual created the graphics for this iconic exhibition including the banners that surround the building.
It is the beginning of a new year and we look back at 2013 with a Variety International Corporate Award and having worked on some of the most talked about shows. This includes: Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa Art and Film at LACMA, the Anne Frank exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance, and the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Overdrive (which won the Charles Redd Award).