“The L.A. That Influenced My Eye”
Works Selected by Barry Berkus

July 22 – September 22, 2004
Sunday July 25, 2004 5-7pm (Opening Reception)

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery (Downtown)
7 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Contact, Edward Cella
Phone, (805) 730-1460, Fax: (805) 730-1462
E-mail, <>
Web site, <>
Open Daily 10-5:30pm

Painting, right: Sam Francis, “Mount of Venus”, 1988-1989, acrylic on prepared paper, 51 x 79 5/8”.

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery is proud to present an exhibition defined by the provocative perspective of renowned architect, artist, and art collector Barry Berkus. ”The L.A. That Influenced My Eye” chronicles one passionate collector’s involvement with the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles from 1950 through the late 1980’s. Featuring nationally recognized artists who came to re-define the place of Los Angeles in American art, the exhibition includes works by John Altoon, Billy Al Bengston, Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Sam Francis, Edward Keinholz, Helen Lundeberg, John McLaughlin, Ed Moses, and Ken Price among others.  

As an architectural student at USC, Berkus first began collecting the art of Los Angeles in the 1950&Mac226;s.  Befriending Edward Keinholz and others in the 1960’s, Berkus was inspired by the playful and irreverent philosophies of these revolutionary artists first-hand.  Through the 70’s and 80’s Berkus continued to establish personal relationships with individuals like Ed Ruscha and Richard Diebenkorn who would come to be regarded as some of the most significant contemporary American artists.  

As curator, Berkus has vetted a distinguished group of paintings, assemblage, sculptures, and original works on paper that reflect his in-depth knowledge and special appreciation of the art from this period and place. Uniquely, the exhibition features an extraordinary selection of significant abstract and figurative works available for sale -- including works long held in private collections and artist’s studios.

With more than forty pieces, the exhibition offers a new look at many of the Los Angeles contemporary artists that revolutionized American art. Utilizing new technologies and materials; reflecting emerging beach and car cultures; and exploiting the sublime and ethereal effects of light and color, Los Angeles (and Venice) based artists of the 1960’s though the 1980’s developed a body of work that challenged the formal preconceptions of East-coast based art practice.

“My goal is to stimulate a deep emotional response through the use of forms, the arrangements of which are comprehended intellectually.” - Artist Lorser Feitelson

The exhibition opens concurrently with a showing of new works by Nicole Strasburg entitled “Pacific”.  On Sunday, July 25, 2004 Sullivan Goss will be staying open late to
welcome artists, collectors, and interested members of the community to come explore our new exhibitions.  The first of a new gallery opening format, “Sullivan Goss at Night” will feature substantial works of American art, refreshments, a chance for good conversation, and a no-host bar. Please join us.

Return to Gallery Pages