The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA), in collaboration with the BG Gallery, presents ‘Santa Monica: Now & Then’ beginning with a Collector’s Preview from 7-11 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, then an Official Opening on Saturday, February 2 from 6-9 p.m. at BG Gallery in Santa Monica. An Art Talk with some unique stories of Southern California art history will be led by Juri Koll on Saturday, February 16 at 1 p.m. The show will be on view until February 26.
With this collaboration with the BG Galleries in Santa Monica, ViCA continues its ongoing exhibitions chronicling the history and practice of art in Southern California. Santa Monica, Venice and Southern California in general has and will continue to provide a legacy to the art world that we are only just beginning to understand and appreciate.
Santa Monica: Now & Then, to gives viewers the opportunity to compare and contrast early and late works by artists who have lived or worked here.
Part of the mission for us both at the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and BG Gallery is to identify, protect and sustain the history and culture of one of the most historically important centers of independent artistic expression – Southern California – a place we know and love.
Artists have been drawn here for creative reasons since the turn of the 1900’s, by its community – yes, by the sand, surf, sun – but most importantly by the freedom that comes from the kind of people who make it their home or workplace.
Artists: Sam Francis, Peter Alexander, Ruth Weisberg, Barbara Kolo, William Turtle, Gay Summer Rick, Jack Duggan, Bob Borman, Mike Street, Dick Keltner, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Gehry, Lilly Fenichel, David Hockney, Bruce Richards, Ed Moses, George Herms, Bruce Hamilton, Ed Ruscha, MB Boissonnault, Bob Branaman, Mx Farina, Randi Matushevitz, Bryan Ida and Shingo Francis
Submitted by ViCA