Venice Biennial was recently an event that exhibited over 50 artists (July 13th – July 15th). This is not to be confused with the posh and the internationally acclaimed Venice Biennale in Italy. No this is instead, an outdoor exhibition along the Venice Beach boardwalk. It coincided with the Made in L.A exhibition at the Hammer Museum. Established artists were given a chance to work in a large outdoor installation space while experiencing how to sell their own work. Viewers were allowed to converse and buy straight from the artists themselves. It was a new context for these artists and a new venture for Venice Beach.
To coincide with the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt, the J. Paul Getty Museum presented the exhibition, The Magic of Line. You will not find a single painting in this retrospective. Instead, there are 111 drawings including preliminary sketches, illustrative nudes, and chalk portraits. These valuable works of art were burrowed from the Getty Research Institute, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, and by other generous lenders. This show may have been inspired from the June 18, 2006th purchase of the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Klimt, making it the 4th most expensive painting ever sold in the history of art.
Documenta is a highly curated exhibition of contemporary and modern art that happens every five years in the city of Kassel, Germany. Each year, a curator is selected to incorporate a contextual theme and select artists from around the world. The artists are given two years to complete an intellectually diverse and dynamic installation or artwork. This year involved around 300 contributors in more then 8 large locations that were scattered over the city. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev was selected to curate the 13th edition of Documenta. 2012’s theme was actually not a theme and was described as, “…art is defined as much by what it is, as by what it is not; by what it does, or can do, as by what it does not, or cannot do; it is defined even by what it fails to achieve.” Some viewers were outraged at this open-ended dialogue while others pondered the juxtaposition… read more →
Amy McFarland was head of the graphic design department at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). During her 24 year career at LACMA, Amy designed many books as well as graphics for more than 100 exhibitions, featuring such fine artists as Jasper Johns, Gustav Klimt and Picasso. McFarland also worked on such major exhibitions as Van Gogh’s Van Gogh, King Tut and Tim Burton. She has won over 50 design awards including the Library of Congress George Wittenborn award for best art book in North America of 2000 (Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000) and the American Federation of Arts best exhibition graphics within the United States for “When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan.”
OV created the visual content for the exhibition Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California. This show chronicled the evolution of Southern California’s aviation from rudimentary planes found in the turn of the century to the beginning of space exploration during the Cold War.
The California Science Center is the West Coast’s largest establishment for Science based hands-on experience. Located at Expo Park, this establishment presents the process of life and human advances. Furthermore, their main focus is to have viewers learn about the biological world through interactivity. These exhibitions are both permanent and non-permanent shows. Olson Visual is naturally one of the most prolific in creating these types of installations.
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Olson Visual is known for being the premiere graphic leader in museums and entertainment. OV knows how to decorate and adorn any event with top quality signage and is the official graphic provider for CinemaCon. All of the escalator walls, elevator doors, floors, walls and mirrors were adorned with graphics printed by Olson Visual. The crew started the installation a week prior to this major entertainment events. Every day they worked to provide the most seamless and best quality graphic signage that captured the amazing visuals of today’s feature films. Click on this link to see a short video of the installation at CinemaCon:
The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles will be opening a 14,000-square-foot show about LA, a brand new restaurant, and continuing other intriguing exhibitions. Olson Visual was contacted to create the signage to help promote and bring awareness to these important events.
During July 08, 2011 to September 26, 2011, Johannes Vermeer’s Woman with a Lute, was on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vermeer was known for using expensive pigments like cornflower blue and his attention to great detail. His mastery of light gave his haunting domestic scenes a certain style that has made his imagery one of the most recognizable paintings in history.