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Art Collection at Shutters on the Beach

The contemporary prints you see at Shutters on the Beach were chosen to represent the spirit of Los Angeles, the California coast, and contemporary art. Shutters is proud to display some of the most influential artists of our time. The collection was organized out of a desire to celebrate these artists, and was selected and curated by Cynthia Greenwald, Art Advisory Services, Los Angeles.

Frank Stella "Polar Co-Ordinates VII" 1980. Offset lithograph. Stella began as a minimalist painter of geometric shapes and forms. He first gained wide recognition in 1960 with the exhibition of his "Strip Paintings" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. These paintings became known for their symmetrical patterns and repeating motifs.

Frank Gehry "Marques De Riscal Winery" 2009. 1-color lithograph. Gehry makes sketches to begin his architectural process. From sketches to models to finished buildings, his buildings are known for their playful, asymmetrical exteriors and their use of materials traditionally limited to industry.

Frank Gehry "Walt Disney Concert Hall" 2009. 1-color lithograph. Canadian-born American sculptor and architect, Frank Gehry has designed some of the most important buildings of the last quarter of the 20th Century. His best known works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Gehry makes sketches to begin his architectural process.

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Ed Ruscha "Spattership" 1990. 2-color lithograph. Ruscha was one of the foremost Pop artists on the West Coast during the 1960s. From the cool scenes of filling stations to his meticulous painting of pills and the famous Hollywood sign, his art embodies the spirit of contemporary America. Fascinated with words and Pop imagery, Ruscha continues to explore the use of language to create irony and meaning in his work.

Richard Hamilton "My Marilyn" 1965. Silkscreen printed in colors. Hamilton's contributions to the "This Is Tomorrow" exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1956 established him as a founder of the British Pop Art Movement.

Roy Lichtenstein "Two Paintings Beach Ball" 1984. 7 color woodcut/lithograph/screenprint. Lichtenstein is one of the most prominent figures in American Pop Art. In the early '60's, he became known for his painted comic book images of violent action and sentimental love, exploring the everyday of modern America. Lichtenstein went on to employ his characteristic dot and line technique in a wide variety of subjects, including landscapes, architecture, and parodies of other artists.

Claes Oldenburg "Spoon Pier" 1975. Etching. Oldenburg remains one of the most brilliantly inventive of all the artists who emerged from the Pop Art Movement. In 1961, Oldenburg turned his "store" exhibit of plaster-created food and clothes into an actual store, raising questions about the relationship between art and commerce.

Yayoi Kusama "Seahorses" 1989. Screenprint. Japanese artist Kusama is one of the most influential artists of the 1960's. At age ten, she started to paint using her signature polka dots and nets as motifs that would become her trademark. She left Japan in 1957 for New York, and during her time in the United States she established her reputation as a leader in the avant-garde movement.

Robert Motherwell "Mediterranean Light" 1992. Lithograph. Motherwell was a seminal Abstract Expressionist painter. He worked with the same imagery for many decades, investigating forms that incorporated bold gestures and a dynamic use of the color black. Seen in one of his best known series of paintings entitled "Elegy to the Spanish Republic," Motherwell painted more than 150 variations of this theme.

John Baldessari "Paradise" 1989-90. Photogravure with color aquatint. Baldessari works with appropriated photographic images and texts, studying their relationships through his prints, photography and "story art." Since the early 1960's, Baldessari has been one of California's most influential artists, a father of Conceptual Art and a teacher to other artists. He has taught at many institutions, most notably at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

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William Wegman "Surfline" 1991. Polaroid polacolor II photograph. In addition to gallery and museum exhibitions, Wegman and his dogs have made appearances on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, MTV, Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live, and in Gap clothing store ads. He as also published versions of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, in which the dogs appear as the well-known characters.

William Wegman "Beach Cruiser" 1991. Polaroid polacolor II photograph. The significance of Wegman's work lies in the staging of his photographs. The artist dresses his dogs, photographs them with props, and then places them in human-like poses.

William Wegman "Moondoggers" 1991. Polaroid polacolor II photograph. Photographer-artist Wegman is best known for his humorous photo-portraits of his Weimaraner dog named Man Ray (and Man Ray's successor Fay Ray, and Fay Ray's puppy Battina).

David Hockney "Celia in an Armchair" 1981. 2 color lithograph. Hockney focused on the Southern California lifestyle after moving to California in the early 1960's. He drew imagery and inspiration from his own life and from the lives of his friends and lovers. A painter, printmaker, book artist, and set designer, Hockney has redefined the way we observe everyday reality with his diverse and ever-evolving work.

David Hockney "Blue Hand Cliff" 1993. 23 color lithography. David Hockney made an impact on the art world even before he graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in 1962. He emerged on the art scene at the same time the Beatles were redefining "Rock 'n' Roll," and his innovation in style and medium were just as revolutionary for modern painting. an early British Pop artist, Hockney focused on the Southern California lifestyle after moving to California in the early 1960's.

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Howard Hodgkin "David's Pool" 1985. Etching with hand color. Born in London, Hodgkin is a self-described "representational painter of emotional situations." He combines vivid, decorative colors into elaborate asymmetrical patterns of abstract shapes. Inspired by his love of Indian miniatures, Hodgkin mixes both reality and memory by referring in the abstract to various people and places.

Malcolm Morley "Untitled #1 ('Flags')" 1985. Lithograph. Morley first gained attention in the mid-'60's for his photorealist paintings. Since then, his work has taken a far more expressionistic and painterly bent, and his creations range from eccentric mixed media works to watercolors and oil paintings depicting seascapes and ships. His multicolored canvases are infused with a shimmering energy, making the surfaces appear alive.

Jasper Johns "#6 (After 'Untitled 1975)" 1976. 16 color lithograph. Johns is one of the most creative and innovative artists, renowned in the international art community for his impact on contemporary art. As a pioneer of Pop Art in the mid-'50's and early '60's, Johns painted familiar objects such as the American flag, targets, and even beer cans, challenging our perception of objective reality.

Richard Diebenkorn "Blue With Red" 1987. Color woodcut. Diebenkorn was one of the most significant West Coast painters during the latter half of the 20th Century. The artist's distinguished career, which began in the 1940's, is characterized by three styles, Abstract Expressionism, Figuration, and his best known "Ocean Park" series. Inspired by the Santa Monica coast where Diebenkorn lived and worked until 1955, the Ocean Park paintings are geometric studies in light and color.

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Claes Oldenburg "Slicing Strawberry Shortcake" 1992. Etching. Oldenburg remains one of the most brilliantly inventive of all the artists who emerged from the Pop Art Movement. In 1961, Oldenburg turned his "store" exhibit of plaster-created food and clothes into an actual store, raising questions about the relationship between art and commerce.

Sam Francis "Untitled" 1986. Lithograph. Although Francis has painted during many important movements, he has eluded formal classification by developing his own lyrical form of abstraction, without concern for fashion or categories. Francis is known primarily for his colorful drips and spatters on canvas. Often deceptively simple at first glance, his paintings are carefully panned to balance color with white space and randomness with logic.

Ellsworth Kelly, "Camellia III" 1964-65. Transfer lithographs. As a Color Field painter, Kelly was a leader of the Hard-Edge school, using sparse composition in which there was no foreground, background, or figuration. In his later works, he has explored shaped and adjoining canvases. Kelly has also investigated purity, form and shape through his celebrated prints and drawings of plants and leaves.

Ellsworth Kelly, "Cyclamen IV" 1964-65. Transfer lithographs. As a Color Field painter, Kelly was a leader of the Hard-Edge school, using sparse composition in which there was no foreground, background, or figuration. In his later works, he has explored shaped and adjoining canvases. Kelly has also investigated purity, form and shape through his celebrated prints and drawings of plants and leaves.

Ellsworth Kelly, "Cyclamen II" 1964-65. Transfer lithographs. As a Color Field painter, Kelly was a leader of the Hard-Edge school, using sparse composition in which there was no foreground, background, or figuration. In his later works, he has explored shaped and adjoining canvases. Kelly has also investigated purity, form and shape through his celebrated prints and drawings of plants and leaves.

Robert Motherwell, "The Basque Suite (Belknap 55)" 1970-71. Color silkscreen. Motherwell was a seminal Abstract Expressionist painter. He worked with the same imagery for many decades, investigating forms that incorporated bold gestures and a dynamic use of the color black. Seen in one of his best known series of paintings entitled "Elegy to the Spanish Republic," Motherwell painted more than 150 variations of this theme.