Marc Selwyn Fine Art hosts a  Barry Le Va walkthrough with Paul Schimmel. Le Va’s current solo exhibition on view a that gallery features three historical works by the artist. See below for time and RSVP.

Barry Le Va Walkthrough

Please join Marc Selwyn Fine Art for a light brunch and walkthrough with independent curator Paul Schimmel. The event begins at 11:00am. You must RSVP to if  you would like to attend. This is the final day of the exhibition.

The artist is a renowned as a leading figure of Postminimalism alongside peers Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Eva Hesse, and Robert Smithson, among others.

Barry Le Va

Le Va’s art of the 1960s and 70s pushed the formal limits of sculpture as a medium. His practice intertwined concepts of relational space, and order versus chaos. In addition, he had a preoccupation with what remains as “evidence” after actions and events. A fan of Sherlock Holmes, Le Va often compared the interpretation of his sculptures to gathering evidence in a forensic investigation.

On view in the main gallery is Untitled (Chalk Inverse), 1969, one of his rarely exhibited powder dispersal works. The artist uses the measurements of the entrance to the exhibition to delineate a square of negative space. Therefore, the architecture of the gallery is then bisected linearly, resulting in a geometric figure formed with layers of white chalk. Le Va’s powder works elegantly distill the artist’s intention “to eliminate sculpture as a finished, totally resolved object…to eliminate a sense of wholeness and concentrate on parts, fragments, incomplete activities and structures.”

Barry Le Va Background

Originally trained as an architect, Barry Le Va (1941-2021) was born in Long Beach, CA, and attended California State University, Long Beach. However, his determination to “create work on my own terms” soon led him to the art department. He transferred to the Los Angeles College of Art and Design then moved on to LA’s Otis Art Institute. Here, he received a BA and an MFA in 1964 and 1967 respectively. Then he had his first solo exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center. He also received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974 followed by a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1976. By the late 1970s, Le Va relocated to New York City where he lived and worked for the rest of his life.

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On view: July 22, 2023 – August 26, 2023

What: Barry Le Va Walkthrough with Paul Schimmel
Where: Marc Selwyn Fine Art, 9953 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 90212
When: August 26, 2023, 11:00am