Nothing Was Off Limits

Apr 9, 2013 3:15AM
"In the post-war period Los Angeles was a laboratory for new ideas and innovations. There was a hybridity, everyone fed off of one another, the architects, artists, designers, contractors, etc. Nothing was off limits. Our title, Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future refers to this dynamic, the vital energy and growth. The Peter Alexander painting PA and PE exemplifies this. Originally trained as an architect Peter made the shift to the visual arts, utilizing new materials such as plastic and resin and embracing the built environment of his surroundings in his LAX series."

--Rani Singh, Senior Research Associate at the Getty Research Institute and co-curator of Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940 - 1990, currently on view at the Getty Museum.

Image: Peter Alexander, PA and PE, 1990, Acrylic and oil on canvas Unframed: 190.5 x 508 cm (75 x 200 in.) Courtesy of Pacific Enterprises© Peter Alexander