Joan Tanner: On Tenderhooks
July 22 - September 23, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 4pm walk-through with the artist followed by a reception until 7pm, with live band Masanga Marimba.
Same evening, 5-7pm, book signing by artist Joyce Burstein for "the epitaph project," currently on view in the Bolsky Gallery.
Thursday, September 7, 7:30pm, Conversation with Joan Tanner and Julien Robson, Curator of Contemporary Art, Speed Art Museum, Otis Forum, Ahmanson Building.
Saturday, September 23, 2pm, walk-through with Joan Tanner and Meg Linton, followed by a reception until 5pm, Ben Maltz Gallery.

Ben Maltz Gallery
9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90045 (just north of LAX)
Contact:  Kathy MacPherson
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Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, 10am-7pm

Joan Tanner, “On Tenderhooks”, in progress at the artist’s studio, 2006.
Photo:  Wayne McCall.

On Tenderhooks is a large-scale installation created by Southern California artist Joan Tanner, curated by Meg Linton, Director of the Ben Maltz Gallery. Using raw materials like Blister-Pac, corrugated plastic paneling, galvanized metal, air-duct filters, plywood, industrialized coating, light and video, Tanner assembles a precarious environment to tackle the visual paradox of architectonic order and disintegration—ordering to achieve perfection and humankind’s inability to escape imperfection.

In a review of Joan Tanner’s work in a 1996 issue of Art in America, Michael Duncan wrote that Tanner, who had just turned 60, “is making some of the freshest work around,” and now at age 70 the work is even more daring and ambitious. It is time for her to receive recognition for her unwavering creativity, voracious intellect, and incredible drive.
Tanner’s work has been likened to that of Kurt Schwitters, Constantin Brancusi, Joseph Cornell, Lee Bontecou and Richard Tuttle in the ordering of objects and manipulation of materials. On Tenderhooks expands upon her use of detritus and acknowledges a debt to Assemblage Art while engaging in a larger discussion about consumer culture and representation.
Tanner is installing the work at the Ben Maltz Gallery from July 6-21st in preparation for the opening on Saturday, July 22, 4-7pm.  An exhibition catalog documenting On Tenderhooks is available in September featuring an introduction by Meg Linton, Curator of the Exhibition; an essay by Michael Darling, the Jon & Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum; and an interview with Julien Robson, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

Artist Biography
Born in 1935 in Indianapolis, Joan Tanner has lived in Southern California for a number of years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1957. Since 1983, she has consistently exhibited her sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs and site-specific installations. She has exhibited widely and her works are held in collections of the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and the New York Public Library. Tanner has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and more recently at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For more information visit

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