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I’d Love to Turn You On: Works from the 60s and 70s
Curated by Steven Leiber

Track 16 Gallery is pleased to present “I’d Love to Turn You On: Works from the 60s and 70s,” an exhibition of multiples and unique works made in the 1960s and 1970s by artists such as Ray Johnson, Marcel Duchamp, William Wegman, Claes Oldenberg, and John Wesley, among others.  The exhibition runs from September 9, 2006 through October 13, 2006, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 9 from 7 to 11 P.M.

The title of the exhibition, “I’d Love to Turn You On,” taken from the Ray Johnson collage (1969), and an excerpt of the Beatles’ lyrics from “A Day in the Life,” is used as a metaphor for tackling the issue of political and artistic nonconformity of that era. The genres represented in the exhibition range from conceptual to pop, with the portfolios, Ten works by Ten Painters, S.M.S., (Shit Must Stop) published by surrealist artist, William Copley, and the multiples, 7 Objects, and Les Nouveaux Realistes, featuring works by such artists as Yves Klein, Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou, Niki De St. Phalle, Bruce Nauman, and Eva Hesse, to name a few.

Stressed is the importance and innovative nature of these works as they represent a movement away from the traditional constraints that had previously been established in museums and galleries, and moved art into controversial directions both for the individual and the collective.

In many respects, the work in this exhibition book ends close to fifty years of contemporary art, as it continues to influence and serve as an antecedent to the work of current emerging artists such as those featured in concurrent exhibition, “MFA WMDs: Selections From L.A. Art Schools.”  For more information, please visit our web site at www.track16.com