Art from artists of the contemporary “L.A. Art Movement” of the early 1960s is on view for the public in the lobby and the mezzanine of the Azzurra condominium tower on Marina Pointe Drive in the Marina area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Artists from the “L.A. Art Movement” had their first reunion in more than 40 years Sunday, January 15th, at the Azzurra.
Most of the artists are wealthy today, with their artwork being sold to collectors and museums worldwide.
The Azzurra, an 18-story waterfront residential tower, has art galleries on several floors that will be home to a permanent collection of more than 150 pieces of art from the artists who are called “Los Angeles’s renegade artists from the 1960s.”
One of the works is the iconic “Double Standard,” a ten-by-15-foot photograph taken in 1961 by actor Dennis Hopper through a windshield at a gas station.
The photograph includes a blowup of two Standard Oil signs at the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards, which art experts say document Los Angeles’ obsession with the automobile and an urban landscape festooned with billboards.
Hopper’s other photos of East Coast artists are part of the collection, which also includes works by Frank Stella, Tony Berlant, Jim Dine, Edward and Nancy Kienholtz, Ed Moses, and Alexis Smith.
“In the ’60s, the center of the art world was New York and we were just surfers, 15 to 20 artists bouncing off each other, trying to make it mutually supportive for each other,” said artist Peter Alexander.
The Azzurra’s entire 12th floor has works by Alexander.
The collection at the Azzurra is worth an estimated $2 million, said Tom Harrison, a spokesman for Colony Capital, which owns the 450-condominium high-rise building.
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