L8S ANG3LES
Sunday, March 29th, 2009 to Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

L8S ANG3LES: 11 LA photographers -
Images as diverse as the city for which it's named.

In the words of Anne Wilkes Tucker, Special Advisor to the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:

The inaugural exhibition of the Annenberg Space for Photography celebrates the breadth of contemporary photography through works by eight internationally renowned photographers whose images capture the complexity and vitality of the city of Los Angeles. L8S ANG3LES  features different genres of contemporary photographic exploration - architecture, portraiture, photojournalism, and art - with interrelated themes weaving throughout. Moreover, through a relationship with the Los Angeles Times,  L8S ANG3LES will also feature the work of celebrated Times staff photographers and a selection of archival photographs of the city going back over 100 years.

Julius Shulman and Tim Street-Porter are famous for their focus on both modern and vernacular southern California architecture. Douglas Kirkland and Greg Gorman memorably portray the city's celebrities from the industries for which LA is best known, while Lauren Greenfield's photographs probe the lives of children who "grow up in the shadow of Hollywood." Carolyn Cole's visual reports from international war zones are made for The Los Angeles Times as are the works of Lawrence Ho, Kirk McKoy, and Genaro Molina. Catherine Opie's series "In and Around Home" merges personal and local issues with global perspectives. And John Baldessari adds dry wit to the practice of "nip and tuck" and to "painting" one's face in his most recent series.

L8S ANG3LES embodies the spirit of the Annenberg Foundation's mission to improve the well-being of the community through the exchange of ideas and innovative thinking, setting a vibrant tone for future exhibitions to follow.

About Anne Wilkes Tucker: Special Advisor and The Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

We extend special thanks to Anne Wilkes Tucker, the renowned photography curator from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Ms. Tucker founded the photography department at the museum where she has worked since 1976. Tucker has curated over forty exhibitions and has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and The Getty Center. Her keen sense of the history and progress of photography in the gallery setting earned her the unique recognition by Time Magazine as "America’s Best Curator" in 2001.

John Baldessari

Throughout his prolific career, John Baldessari (born 1931) has approached his art through adamantly non-traditional paths. Since the late 1960s, Baldessari has combined snapshots that he takes himself or images from popular culture to make large scale works.

Throughout his prolific career, John Baldessari (born 1931) has approached his art through adamantly non-traditional paths. Since the late 1960s, Baldessari has combined  snapshots that he takes himself or images from popular culture to make large-scale works. Through surprising juxtapositions, image manipulation, and the use of directive titles or language in the work of art itself, Baldessari continually questions issues of perception and what may be acceptable as 'art.'

Baldessari's work can be broadly defined as belonging to an international "school" of conceptual artists whose works first came to prominence in the 1960s. In conceptual art, the idea that precedes the act of making the object is as important, or more important, than the object itself.  With humor and irony Baldessari conveys his constantly evolving ideas. In the mid-1980s, he blocked the faces with colored circles to make celebrities anonymous, rendering them mere "suits." In his most recent series, he uses fragments of facial close-ups and colors them selectively, reinventing their appearances in each successive piece.

His most recent retrospective monograph is John Baldessari: A Different Kind of Order, (Works 1962-1984), 2005 published by the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien.

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