Los Angeles

Larry Bell, Billy Bengston, John Chamberlain, Ken Price with Ed Moses and Vija Celmins

Mizuno Gallery

The group exhibition at Mizuno makes a statement not so much about the artists as about the gallery, which represents, on the whole, the best group of local artists and stages, as a whole, the most interesting shows. The stable combines internationally active artists like Larry Bell, Billy Bengston, John Chamberlain, and Ken Price with Ed Moses, Vija Celmins and, once in a while, a younger artist like Greg Card or Ann Titus. All but the latter two are included in the summer show. The work, characteristically, is eccentric, and the strangest of all are Chamberlain’s couches, literally hacked out of foam rubber blocks. Chamberlain’s good spirit makes the couches usable and the work contains the same sense of finely honed play as the automobile-metal sculpture, the cinched foam pieces and the small balls of wadded paper. One wishes, though, that Chamberlain, for all his congenial finesse,

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