Irving Blum Gallery and Ferus Gallery announcements, 1961-1973

Irving Blum Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Art gallery
Los Angeles, Calif.

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.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Collection size: 32 items

Collection 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).

Biographical/Historical 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.

Donated 1979 by Mrs. Rochella Orchard.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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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.