Ronald Davis
Recent, Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
October 1, 2011–February 5, 2012,
Organized by the Getty Research Institute in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum Exhibition travels to the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, March 15–June 10, 2012. The exhibition will feature an exemplary collection of works—borrowed from preeminent national and international collections—that will offer a fundamental reappraisal and reinterpretation of postwar Los Angeles art.

Pacific Standard Time: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University California Art, Malibu, CA,
August 27–December 11, 2011
Since the 1960s California has emerged as a center for contemporary art that rivals New York in its accomplishments and innovation. Frederick R. Weisman was a pioneering collector whose rise as an important patron of the arts paralleled the emergence of the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles. He began collecting both international art and art from Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, and counted many of the city's top artists as his close friends, building a collection that reflects these personal relationships. He was an early supporter of many of the artists that rose to prominence under the legendary Ferus Gallery, established by Walter Hopps, Ed Kienholz and later, Irving Blum. At the time Hopps was an innovative young curator who was tuned in to the idiosyncratic styles of Los Angeles artists, which had developed from isolation during the post-war period. As a result, LA artists were inspired by their daily lives and surroundings—the local terrain, vibrant sun, beautiful sunsets, blue skies, surfboards, and fast, flashy cars. Soon new art movements were created (such as Light and Space, and Finish Fetish), and the Cool School was born. But it would be decades later before the rest of the world recognized the importance of these artists and movements. In keeping with Frederick Weisman's tradition of supporting local artists, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation has continued to amass a substantial collection of Los Angeles and California art.

Pacific Standard Time: Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971.
Laguna Art Museum, CA
October 30, 2011–January 22, 2012, Laguna Art Museum, CA
From the inception of its art department through the late 1960s, UC Irvine harbored a group of the most advanced artists, students and art writers in California, if not outside of New York. Best Kept Secret will exhibit the work of significant artists from this concise period (1964-1971), including John Coplans, Philip Leider, Barbara Rose, Ronald Davis, Tony DeLap, John McCracken, Vija Celmins, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, Bruce Nauman, Michael Asher, Chris Burden, Jay McCafferty, Alexis Smith, James Turrell and Frank Stella, drawing connections among their works and contextualizing them within California and the rest of the nation. Best Kept Secret will also examine the impact of UCI on the roots of the Finish Fetish and Light and Space movements, performance, video, and conceptualism, and on the development of the art programs at the University of California, San Diego and the California Institute of the Arts.

Pacific Standard Time: Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
October 1, 2011–April 2, 2012
The first goal enumerated upon the founding of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960 was to 'create a pool of master artisan-printers in the United States' in an effort to revive the method of fine art lithography. With those words, and the dedication to create a workshop that would educate printers, artists, curators, and collectors alike, Tamarind sparked a renaissance in the graphic arts—one that spread well beyond Los Angeles and the medium of lithography—establishing and legitimizing all methods of printmaking as viable and valuable forms of art making, even for the most avant-garde of post-war artists. Proof will explore the significance of printmaking and its new possibilities as first re-envisioned in post-war Southern California. Drawing on the extensive collection of the Norton Simon Museum with a few select loans, the exhibition will include works by the local founders of this movement such as John Altoon, Garo Antreasian, Sam Francis, Ed Moses, Ken Price, Ed Ruscha and June Wayne, as well as those who made their way to print specifically in Los Angeles, such as Joseph Albers, Bruce Conner, Lee Mullican, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Pacific Standard Time: Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 1, 2011-Feb 5, 2012
Beginning in the 1950s, Southern California saw the emergence of newly diverse audiences for art. While gallerists cultivated collectors, Beat artists Wallace Berman and George Herms distributed handcrafted works among friends. Others, including Chris Burden, exploited the mass media to circulate their work. Art schools became innovative forums for artists such as Judy Chicago and John Baldessari. Social and political movements that championed peace and feminism mobilized artists to take their messages to the streets. Drawn from the Getty Research Institute's archives of Los Angeles art, this exhibition features photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and artwork—many on view for the first time—that reveal how these artists disseminated their works to a broader public.

David Richard Contempory, Santa Fe, NM,
July 01 - 31, 2011.
A group exhibition featuring: Charles Arnoldi, Billy Al Bengston, Karl Benjamin, Jerrold Burchman, Hans Burkhardt, Karen Carson, Judy Chicago, Ronald Davis, Tony DeLap, Merion Estes, Charles Garabedian, Scott Grieger, Marvin Harden, Maxwell Hendler, Ynez Johnston, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Craig Kauffman, Helen Lundeberg, Ed Moses, Margarette Nielsen, Peter Plagens, Tom Wudl and Norman Zammitt. Curated by: Peter Frank and David Eichholtz

American Painterly Abstraction: Seven Painters,
LewAllen at the Santa Fe Railyard, Santa Fe, NM
October 29 – November 27, 2010
A group exhibition of paintings by Dan Christensen, Ronald Davis, Ronnie Landfield, Emily Mason, Joan Snyder, William Pettet, and Peter Young

Ronald Davis: Squares and Diamonds 2010, A one man exhibition at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, September 2010.

Ronald Davis: Monochromatics, 1965-66, Franklin Parrasch Fine Arts, NYC, January 9 – February 20, 2010

Primary Intensions, a group show at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, January 2010.

Common Ground: Color, a group show at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, November 2009.

1969, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, October 25, 2009 - April 5, 2010
Central to the exhibition is the re-staging of MoMA's 1969 exhibition, Five Recent Acquisitions, organized by noted MoMA curator Kynaston McShine, highlighting then recently acquired works by Larry Bell, Ron Davis, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, and John McCracken.

California Calling: Works from California Collections, 1948-2008
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA, July 18th – December 27, 2009

Hopper Curates - Dennis Hopper, Larry Bell, Ron Cooper, Ronald Davis, Ken Price, & Robert Dean Stockwell
Harwood Museum of Art, May 08 - September 18, 2009
Curated by Dennis Hopper
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The Ron Davis painting Ring, 1968 was recently on display in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, for 1 1/2 years begining January 2007.
(Installation Views)

PRESS RELEASE: 1968 Dodecagon Series painting, Ring, on display at MoMA, NYC Endless Summer, an exhibition of art, fashion, design, and ephemera that aims its focus at Southern California.
Curated by Alex Israel, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA
November 22, 2008 - January 24, 2009

All the Presidents' Rooms,  A one man exhibition of Ronald Davis: Presidents' Rooms Series at Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM
October 17 – November 16, 2008
(Exhibition Listing)

Selections: Modern & Contemporary Abstractions, a selection of work from the permanent collection.
Curated by Charles Strong and Steve Rose, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, June 06 - September 28, 2008

Ronald Davis @ New Gallery, A one man exhibition of paintings at New Gallery - Thom Andriola, Houston, TX
March 29 – April 26, 2008
(Exhibition Listing)

Color as Field: American Painting, 1950–75, AFA exhibition curated by Karen Wilkin.

The exhibition will travel to these museums:
       Denver Art Museum; November 9, 2007–February 3, 2008, Opening Event November 3, 2007
       Smithsonian American Art Museum; February 29–May 26, 2008
       Frist Center for the Visual Arts; June 20 –September 21, 2008

Ronald Davis: Five Decades, Past and Present  Work, Electric Works, San Francisco, CA,
September 7 – October 13, 2007
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Ronald Davis is represented by these galleries . . .

GEMINI G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA (www)

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