Dealers Choice: Painting and Sculpture in the 1980s features the work of Carlos Almaraz, Russell Crotty, Joe Goode, Tim Hawkinson, Julie Heffernan, Anish Kapoor, Rachel Lachowicz, Matt Mullican, and Ursula Von Rydingsvard
Dealers Choice: Painting and Sculpture in the 1980s presents work that illustrate artistic relationships between painters, sculptors and designers. Central to the exhibition is Mullican’s canvas Untitled (From the World Unframed) from 1986 that uses his invented visual language of graphic signs and symbols to dissect and explain man’s common past, present, and future. Another anchor of the exhibition is an Almaraz canvas that depicts two scenes, figures in Echo Park, reflecting his passion for the Chicano Movement, and a recreation of Edouard Manet's, Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe, 1862 which represents the paradox of his inner struggle as an artist aside from his political actions. In addition to these museum-caliber paintings is von Rydingsvard’s Nine Finger Bowl, a large cut and expressively layered cedar and graphite sculpture that speaks of her own childhood memories growing up in Germany during World War II. In a decade when color combinations were dramatic, fashion was bold, music was synthesized, and commercialism consumed many: the 1980s were the original golden years for collecting contemporary art and luxury design. As free markets matched materialistic ideology, standards of living increased measurably, and a euphoric marriage of art, design and the market attracted connoisseurs. Even with today’s auction markets ruling the art economy, if you ever wonder why the art world is like it is today, then look to the 1980s, that’s where it all began.