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Irving Blum Gallery and Ferus Gallery announcements, 1961-1973

Irving Blum Gallery and Ferus Gallery announcements, 1961-1973

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

Collection Information

Size: 32 items

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.

Provenance

Donated 1979 by Mrs. Rochella Orchard.

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Funding

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

Scope and Contents

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.

The collection was digitized in its entirety in 2009 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.

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.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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