Selections from the Collection

 
 
Saturday, Jan 30, 2016-Sunday, Apr 24, 2016
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Craig Kauffman,
Untitled Kauffman
, 1968, synthetic polymer vacuum-formed Plexiglas with acrylic lacquer, 22 1/2 x 52 x 12 1/2 in. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Gift of Carole L. Barish, 1996.9 © Estate of Craig Kauffman. Photo: Philpp Scholz Ritterman.
Claes Oldenburg,
Alphabet/Good Humor
, 1975, painted fiberglass and bronze base, edition 4 of 12, 36 x 20 x 11 in. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Gift of Lynn and Danah Fayman and Museum purchase with matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1975.1 © Claes Oldenburg 1975. Photo: Philipp Scholz Rittermann.
Vija Celmins,
Eggs
, 1964, oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 35 1/4 in. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Museum purchase with funds from George Wick and Ansley I. Graham Trust, Los Angeles in memory of Hope Wick © Vija Celmins 1964.
Billy Al Bengston,
Buster
, 1962, oil and sprayed lacquer on Masonite, 60 x 60 in. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Museum purchase, dedicated in 2002 in honor of Thomas S. Tibbs (1917-2002), Director of the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art from 1968 to 1972, 1971.21 © Billy Al Bengston, 1962.
Joe Goode,
Milk Bottle Painting (Green)
, 1961-1962, oil on canvas with oil on glass milk bottle, painting: 67 1/2 x 66 in.; bottle: 9 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Gift of Ansley I. Graham Trust, Los Angeles, 1995.10.1-2 © Joe Goode, 1961-1962. Photo: Pablo Mason.
Llyn Foulkes,
Post Card from Topanga
, 1984, oil and acrylic on wood, 61 x 57 in. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Gift of Kati Breckenridge, 1999.56 © Llyn Foulkes, 1984. Photo: Greg Lambert.

This installation of the Museum’s permanent collection responds to the exhibition of paintings by Ed Ruscha, presenting works by his contemporaries as well as his influences. Highlighting the Museum’s commitment to California artists, this installation is grounded by the Los Angeles art scene that began in the 1960s. Artists such as Joe Goode, John Altoon, and Ed Moses all work in various modes of painting, while other artists such as Billy Al Bengston, Craig Kauffman, and Helen Pashgian focus on surface and material. Jasper Johns and Marcel Duchamp trace a lineage of influences in Ed Ruscha’s art, which is expanded by examples of Surrealism, Assemblage, and Pop Art.