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LACMA’s Dwan Gallery Exhibit is Coming

by C California Style

Avant-garde art, headed your way

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of C Magazine.

She’s been called the grand dame of the avant-garde by her peers, but to many, art patron and former gallerist (and heir to the 3M conglomerate) Virginia Dwan is relatively unknown. Opening at LACMA, “Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971” (which transfers from D.C.’s National Gallery of Art) spotlights the profound influence of Dwan’s eponymous bicoastal gallery, which launched in L.A.’s Westwood enclave in 1959 and is credited with introducing nouveaux réalistes such as Yves Klein and Jean Tinguely to the U.S.—not to mention anticipating movements spanning pop to minimalism to land art. March 19-Sept. 10; 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323-857-6000; lacma.org.