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SOUTHERN CA | An Intimate Q + A with Legendary Dealer and Collector Virginia Dwan
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Date(s): March 17, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM  EST - 9:00 PM  EST
Location:
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


 

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Members only | $20
 
 
Join ArtTable for a very special program at Gagosian Gallery that accompanies LACMA's exhibition, Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, in which members can meet and converse with Virginia Dwan, the legendary dealer, collector, and philanthropist who made an indelible mark on the art world of the 1960s.  

This program, an accompaniment to LACMA's exhibition, Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, recounts the storied history of the bi-coastal Dwan Gallery, one of the most important galleries of the postwar period in the U.S. As part of their programming for the exhibition, LACMA will present a public talk titled Virginia Dwan in Conversation with James Meyer, Michael Govan, and
Septephanie Barron on Tuesday, March 14th. ArtTable Southern California is honored to present an intimate, follow-up event in which members can talk to Virginia Dwan about her important work in the 60s. This was a decade when a number of women gallerists played major roles at the center of avant-garde activities. The challenges that Virginia Dwan faced as a woman and a feminist in an art world that had not yet defined its position on feminism should provide for a fascinating conversation.
 
Virginia Dwan's galleries in Westwood (1959-1967) and New York (1965-1971) presented groundbreaking exhibitions devoted to Philip Guston, Ad Reinhardt, Ed Kienholz, Yves Klein, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Smithson and many others. Dwan was an early and dedicated champion of Earthworks, the movement that brought to fruition landmark projects by Robert Smithson, Walter de Maria, and Michael Heiser. She was also a visionary collector; Dwan had promised 250 works from her collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, which is where the current LACMA exhibition originated. Less well-known is the fact that Dwan has her own artistic practice and has dedicated the last three-and-a-half years to documenting military graves in cemeteries across the United States in her book, Virginia Dwan: Flowers. The only text in the book is the late Pete Seeger’s question, “Where have all the flowers gone?” Dwan will sign copies of her book at the reception after the closing of the program.
 
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