FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Art Museum Council of LACMA is pleased to present Searching for Clarity, a group show featuring four exciting California artists:
Karin Aggeler
Richard Chow
Bruce Dean
Valerie Mendez
June 6 - July 17, 2008
The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, June 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Refreshments will be served and admission is free.





ART RENTAL & SALES GALLERY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Level 1, entry through Bing Center or Art of the Americas
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90036-9938
Phone:  323 857-6500
Fax:  323 857-6056
Email: arsg@live.com
Web site:  http://www.lacma.org/info/arsg.aspx
The Gallery is open during regular museum hours



In Searching for Clarity, four abstract artists remind us of how we navigate through life’s confusion, seeking meaning. Karin Aggeler paints with acrylic on canvas to express forms and landscapes, memories and moods to reflect and embrace the experiences and visions of the viewer. Photographer Richard Chow crafts a style that melds technical precision with compelling interpretative content to invoke a cognitive emotional connection. The simplistic imagery in Bruce Dean’s current series of spheres, conjunctions, and eclipses uses mixed media on paper to tap into the memories and ideas we all share at a subconscious level. Gold leaf and oil on layers of Plexiglas is the ideal medium for obscuring and revealing as Valerie Mendez invites the viewer to look closer and deeper, through to the bottom of things.

ART RENTAL & SALES GALLERY
The Art Rental & Sales Gallery maintains an exhibition space located on Level 1, Art of the Americas building at LACMA. Changing exhibitions are held throughout the year to introduce new and upcoming artists.  Interested artists may download application forms at: http://www.lacma.org/info/arsg.aspx. All artwork is available for purchase or rental. The Rental Program is available exclusively to LACMA members, although non-members may purchase art. The gallery is managed by members of LACMA’s Art Museum Council, a volunteer support group. Funds raised by the Council support acquisitions and exhibitions at LACMA. Rentals and purchases can be made through the Art Rental & Sales Gallery at the show or during office hours, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 am–4 pm. For more information on the exhibition, gallery, or the Art Museum Council, please call 323 857-6500.

Regular museum hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon–8 pm; Friday, noon–9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–8 pm. The museum is closed on Wednesdays.

The Corporate Program offers LACMA members the opportunity to meet with an Art Rental & Sales Gallery consultant, on a complimentary basis, for selection and placement of art in the workplace.  A six-month minimum rental is required.  Should the renter choose to purchase the art, 60% of the rental fees will be applied toward the purchase.

Founded in 1952, the Art Museum Council is LACMA’s oldest support organization. Over the years the AMC has contributed towards the purchase of over 100 works of art, and helped to underwrite major exhibitions. Additional fundraising activities include the Los Angeles Art Show Opening Night Gala, the Art & Architecture Tour, Wet Paint–Sunday in the Park with Art and sales of the Julius Shulman Calendar.



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