LA/LA/LA—a PST: LA/LA show at Robert Berman Gallery—showcases artwork from two historical exhibitions/catalogues of contemporary art—Hispanic Art in the United States—Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptures (1987, Brooklyn) and Le Demon des Anges—16 artistes chicanos al voltant de Los Angeles (1989, Nantes)—as well as pieces Berman has shown in his gallery since 1979.
LA/LA/LA features work, documentation, and ephemera by Carlos Alfonzo, Carlos Almaraz, Sol Aquino, Sergio Bustamante, Oscar Castillo, Fulgencio F. Corral, Richard Duardo, Rudy Fernandez, Elsa Flores, Diane Gamboa, Harry Gamboa Jr., Margaret Garcia, Roberto Gil de Montes, Yolanda Gonzalez, Robert Graham, Gronk, Wayne Healy, Luis Jimenez, Roberto Juarez, Leo Limon, Los Four, Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jesus Moroles, Manuel Ocampo, Retna, Frank Romero, Rafael Serrano, Paul Sierra, Eloy Torrez, and John Valadez.
A special featured exhibition of works by Martín Ramírez is also on view, courtesy of the Martín Ramírez Estate and Ricco/Maresca Gallery, “[which] has championed the art of self-taught masters working outside the art-historical mainstream since it was founded in 1979.”*
Ramírez is also featured in the exhibition MARTÍN RAMÍREZ—HIS LIFE IN PICTURES, ANOTHER INTERPRETATION at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA).
LA/LA/LA, through October 14.
ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica.
MARTÍN RAMÍREZ—HIS LIFE IN PICTURES, ANOTHER INTERPRETATION, through December 31.
ICA LA, 1717 East 7th Street, downtown Los Angeles.
Martín Ramírez, Untitled (Horse and Rider with Frieze), no date, gouache, colored pencil, and graphite on pieced paper.
Le Demon des Anges catalogue. Image credit: Ezra the Bookfinder.
Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, Untitled, 1984, pastel on paper.
Daniel Joseph Martinez, I can’t imagine ever wanting to be white, 1993, published for the Whitney Museum Biennial, metal tags encased in resin.
John Valadez, Carlos (Almaraz), Sunshine, Ramon, Glenn and Elizabeth, 1983, pastel on paper.
Frank Romero, Muscle Car, 1991, oil and gold leaf on wood with neon lights.
Gronk, La Tormenta, 1985, acrylic on canvas.
Harry Gamboa Jr., First Supper (After A Major Riot), 1974/Printed 2008, ASCO, chromogenic print mounted to aluminum.
Harry Gamboa Jr., Asshole Mural, 1974/Printed 2008, ASCO, Chromogenic print.
All artwork images courtesy of the artists and the Robert Berman Gallery.