Save the Date….Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The Beverly Hills Bar Association, celebrates its 80th Anniversary. They are reclocating to the iconic Rolex building, at 9420 Wilshire Boulevard on the corner of Canon Drive. 

A ribbon cutting at the new office is set for Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 4 pm, followed by its “80th Anniversary Celebration Party in the Park” at 5:30 pm at the Beverly Canon Gardens in Beverly Hills, featuring food, fun, music in honor of this milestone in the BHBA’s history. 

This is a benefit with the charge of $80.00 a ticket, but I can bet you it will be an incredible party! Stay tuned….we will have something on our Upcoming page by tonight (Wednesday June 20th).

ThePOW6.23 DianeRosenstein TDowning0612L Pick of the Week is the opening reception for “The Washington School” at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art. This group show will features the work of renowned artists, Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, Thomas Downing, Gene Davis, Howard Mehring and Leon Berkowitz.

 If you’re not familiar with “The Washington School,” the aforementioned artists were the “first generation” of Washington Color School painters. These seminial artists were included in Gerald Nordland’s influential exhibition, “The Washington Color Painters,” at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art in the summer of 1965.

This exhibition celebrates the transition from Abstract Expressionism into Proto-Pop Art, Op Art, and Minimalism.

POW 6.23 Thomas Downing Korfu 1965 squareformatHighlights of the show include Morris Louis’ “Number 33,” (1962); Kenneth Noland’s “Trans Varies” (1968), included in Noland’s 1977 Guggenheim retrospective; and Thomas Downing’s “Korfu” (1965) – – a “Parallelogram” from Downing’s one-man show at the La Jolla Museum of Art in 1968.

“The Washington School” also features a “Cathedral” painting by Leon Berkowitz, an artist strongly associated with Louis and Noland.

Berkowitz founded the Washington Workshop Center for the Arts, and was Chairman of the Painting Department at the Corcoran Gallery School for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

In 196POW DianeRosenstein GeneDavis0, Critic Clement Greenberg championed the Washington Color School painters as the immediate descendants of Abstract Expressionists. Through pouring and staining unsized canvases, and further isolating color in geometric compositions, these artists formed new paintings with color and color alone, each in unique ways.

The emotional components of color are presented immediately and without “painterly” gesture – the paintings are optical experiences. “The Washington School” artists were first shown in Los Angeles in 1964, as part of Greenberg’s “Post-Painterly Abstraction” at LACMA.

TPOW DianeRosenstein Howard Mehring Black Jack 1964 jpg 1000x1000 detail q98he following winter, Gerald Nordland’s “The Washington Color Painters” show traveled to the Art Museum at U.C. Santa Barbara. More recently, the Norton Simon Museum included Thomas Downing and Kenneth Noland in the 2011 exhibition, “Surface Truths: Abstract Painting in the Sixties.”

On view: June 23 – August 25, 2012

What: Opening reception, “The Washington School,”
Where: Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, 9399 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 323.397.9225