Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Â – selling exhibition
Emerson Woelffer in the YucatĂˇn
September 18, 2017 until September 29, 2017: 10am-5pm daily
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is thrilled to announce its participation inÂ Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, as part of theÂ Getty-led initiativeÂ celebrating the artistic and cultural relationship between Los Angeles and Latin America. The exhibit will feature works for sale as well as works on loan fromÂ The Otis College of Art and Design.
LAMAâ€™s exhibit, titled â€śQuĂ© Significa: Emerson Woelffer in the YucatĂˇn,â€ť will showcase the art of Emerson Woelffer from his time living in the seaside village of Lerma and its continued effect on his oeuvre. Woelffer was deeply influenced by the aesthetics and forms of the region, and lived there in near isolation for a period, from 1949 to 1950.
The phrase â€śQuĂ© Significa,â€ť is a curatorial statement regarding the significance of Woelfferâ€™s time in Mexico and its effect on the rest of his life and practice. Paintings from this period are a clear break from the Eurocentric ideas of modernism, and indicate the beginnings of his devotion to Abstract Expressionism.
After returning from Mexico, Emerson later settled in Los Angeles where he taught and worked for nearly forty years. Because Woelfferâ€™s paintings and drawings until his death in 2003 pay homage to this time in Mexico, there will also be a selection of works from his years in Los Angeles dating from the 1980s and 1990s.
Works from 1993, for example, retain the forms Woelffer mimicked in pre-Columbian statues, fused with the influence of Woelfferâ€™s friend, Robert Motherwell. Likewise, paintings from the early to mid-1980â€™s allow free flowing drops of paint to rest on the canvas, a style made famous by Jackson Pollock, another of Woelfferâ€™s supporters. â€śQuĂ© Significa: Emerson Woelffer in the YucatĂˇn,â€ť is a conversation between Latin American and Los Angeles art as seen on the canvases of Woelffer. A clear dialogue is evident between the works made in Lerma, Mexico and the works made in Los Angeles.
â€śQuĂ© Significa: Emerson Woelffer in the YucatĂˇnâ€ť will be open daily 10am to 5pm, from September 18thÂ through September 29th.
Preview the exhibition catalogue here.