Los Angeles’ Ferus Gallery helped to nurture the talents of such artists as Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, Wallace Berman and Ed Kienholz. From 1957 to 1966, the gallery, which was located on La Cienega Boulevard, served as a hub for the city’s nascent postwar art scene.

More than 40 years later, the Ferus Gallery is set for a comeback — sort of. Starting Feb. 9, the Samuel Freeman gallery in Santa Monica will create a replica of the Ferus within its own walls. The exhibition will feature the original door that stood at the entrance of the Ferus plus a full-scale re-creation of the gallery’s 1960 solo Bengston exhibition.

The show, which will run through March 13, is titled “Billy” and will feature a survey of 50 years of work by the artist concurrent with the replica of the artist’s 1960 Ferus exhibition.


David Ng
Los Angeles Times