Monday, July 21, 2014

The Huntington opens 5,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to American Art

I know what library/art collection I am going to visit the next time I am in LA.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, well known for its collection of British art, has dramatically expanded its American art display by adding more than 5,000 square feet of new gallery space. The five new rooms in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art will feature nearly 100 works of 20th-century art in an area previously used for storage.


The reopening of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art includes new installations of works from The Huntington collection, including Robert Rauschenberg’s Global Loft (Spread) (1979), at right. It is featured in this room with loans from the Rauschenberg Foundation. Photo by Tim Street-Porter.



Another room spotlights the work of Edward Weston, who selected and printed for The Huntington 500 pictures concentrating on images that he had shot between 1937 and 1939, when he was on a Guggenheim grant. The new installation focuses on some of his finest landscapes of California and the West, including images of Death Valley, Yosemite, Point Lobos, and the Sierras.

“The installation marks the first time The Huntington has displayed photographs in its permanent installation of American art,” says Smith.

More at: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-huntington-opens-new-gallery-space-devoted-to-american-art?CID=examiner_alerts_article

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