This exhibition showcases key pieces from the private collection of Frederick R. Weisman, among them works by legendary artists such as Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Gisela Colon, and Robert Irwin. Weisman was a Los Angeles-based businessman whose passion and eye for contemporary art brought him international renown.
Weisman began collecting in the 1950s, just as the art scene began to emerge on a national scale. He was an early supporter of Ferus Gallery, run by Walter Hopps and Ed Kleinholz, who focused on the sun-drenched and playful works inspired by California culture made by the locals themselves. Their sphere of influence became known as the Cool School. Weisman recognized their significance early on, and bought pieces from ensuing movements such as Finish Fetish, where artists such as Ron Davis and Craig Kauffman produced immaculately polished works, and Light and Space, which produced minimalist, experiential pieces by the likes of Larry Bell and Mary Corse. This 100-strong exhibition showcases a wide selection of mediums from iconic and emerging art stars, ranging from sculpture (Lita Alburquerque, Jeff Colson, Peter Erskine, Alexis Smith, Kaz Oshiro) painting (John McLaughlin, Allison Schulnick, Kelly Berg), photography (Jay Mark Johnson, Melanie Pullen, David Hockney) and drawings (Ed Moses, Tim Hawkinson).
Weisman was committed to the idea that art and artists are of unwavering importance to modern society. His collection contains over four hundred pieces, which includes many European Modernist, Abstract Expressionist, Surrealist and Pop Art masterpieces. His widow, Billie Milam Weisman, is the director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, which continues to collect California art and celebrate the cultural legacy of both Weisman and the West Coast.
Made in California is being held at Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 NW 23rd Street, Miami, Florida.