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Pacific Standard Time travels from L.A. to Berlin

March 15, 2012 |  7:31 am

"Red Concave Sculpture"

Berlin is getting a taste of Los Angeles art history starting this week with the European debut of Pacific Standard Time, the massive survey organized by the Getty that kicked off last year in museums and galleries around Southern California.

The version of PST opening Thursday in Berlin is taking place at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, an art complex located near the city's Potsdamer Platz. And a "taste" is the operative word: the show features just two of the original PST exhibitions -- "Crosscurrents in L.A." and "Greetings from L.A.," both of which ran at the Getty.

"Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1950 to 1980" is set to run in Berlin through June 10.

Peter-Klaus Schuster, a former director of Berlin's city museums who helped secure the exhibition, told the Associated Press that Tokyo and London had been considered for the show, but Berlin was chosen partly because Germany took notice of L.A. art early on.

The "Crosscurrents" portion of the exhibition deals with the rise of the L.A. art scene after World War II and features works by Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston, Ken Price, Edward Kienholz, Betye Saar and more. "Greetings" features items from the Getty Research Institute that show how L.A. artists found an audience for their work.

Visitors to the Berlin exhibition are first greeted by Dennis Hopper's photos of celebrities including Jane Fonda and Tina Turner, according to the AP.

Berlin is the only European destination so far for Pacific Standard Time.


PST, A to Z: 'Greetings from L.A.,' 'CrossCurrents'

Review: 'Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970

Museum leaders and others: What Pacific Standard Time means to me

-- David Ng

Photo: "Red Concave Sculpture" by De Wain Valentine prior to the opening of "Pacific Standard Time -- Art in Los Angeles 1950-1980" at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Credit: Adam Berry / Getty Images