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Irving Blum Gallery and Ferus Gallery announcements, 1961-1973

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Creator:
Irving Blum Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Subject:
Altoon, John
Bachardy, Don
Bell, Larry
Bengston, Billy Al
Irwin, Robert
Johns, Jasper
Judd, Donald C. (Donald Clarence)
Kauffman, Craig
Lichtenstein, Roy
Moses, Ed
Noland, Kenneth
Reinhardt, Ad
Ruscha, Edward
Stella, Frank
Warhol, Andy
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
32 items
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The Irving Blum Gallery and Ferus Gallery announcements consist of 32 announcements for exhibitions at the Los Angeles Ferus Gallery (1957-1966) and its successor the Irving Blum Gallery (1966-circa 1972).
Exhibition announcements are for many exhibitions of southern California contemporary and pop artists, as well as New York artists. Artists represented by announcements include John Altoon, Don Bachardy, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Craig Kauffman, Roy Lichtenstein, Edward Moses, Kenneth Noland, Ad Reinhardt, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, among others.
Although these announcements are scattered, they provide insight to and documentation of the southern California LA art scene and the Beat era. The exhibition announcements themselves are quite unique.
Citation:
Irving Blum Gallery and Ferus Gallery announcements, 1961-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The collection was digitized in its entirety in 2009 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding:
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art holds an oral history interview with Irving Blum conducted from May 31-June 23, 1977 by Paul Cummings.
Biography Note:
The Ferus Gallery, later renamed the Irving Blum Gallery was an art gallery in Los Angeles, California. Originally founded by Walter Hopps and Ed Kienholz in 1957 as Ferus Gallery, Kienholz sold his share to Irving Blum one year later. Ferus Gallery closed in 1966 and Irving Blum maintained sole ownership and changed the gallery's name to Irving Blum Gallery. It was the first gallery in the Los Angeles area to show contemporary American art, and, under Blum's direction, soon focused heavily on contemporary Southern California artists, such as John Altoon, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Wallace Berman, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, Ed Kienholz, Ed Moses, Richard Ruben, among many others. The gallery also exhibited contemporary American artists from New York, including Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Richard Diebenkorn, Andy Warhol, and others.
Provenance:
Donated 1979 by Mrs. Rochella Orchard.
Digitization Note:
This site provides access to the records of Irving Blum Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2009. The records have been scanned in their entirety, and total 32 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8796
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210980
AAA_collcode_irviblum
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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