Laura Whitcomb, founder of the label Curatorial and initiator of West Coast culture for 35 years, announces five major projects | Pro Club Bd

Including a 2028 Olympic cultural installation and a book with LACMA curator Ilene Susan Fort.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, July 14, 2022 / — Laura Whitcomb, founder of Label Curatorial, an art house that produces catalogs of lesser-known artists and hosts exhibitions that break new ground in West Coast history this announced four exciting art projects that will continue California history. A Los Angeles native with a critically acclaimed background in fashion and art, Whitcomb and Label Curatorial are the perfect complement to drive these educational and culturally provocative projects forward.

Known for inspiring individuals and communities, Whitcomb was chosen to spearhead these historic enterprises:

The first cultural installation for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Entitled Luminaries of Light and Space at LAX, this light and space show is produced by Dublab and features the movement’s pioneering forefathers Robert Irwin, Larry Bell, Helen Pashgian, Fred Eversley, De Wain Valentine, Hap Tivey, and Laddie John Dill and Gisela Colon, curated by Laura Whitcomb. The facility, which will open in September in the newly built West Gates Terminal, will welcome international arrivals.

On September 17, 2022 there will be a 6-hour symposium hosted by the renowned City Lights Bookstore, founded by Beat forefather Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The theme is based on Whitcomb’s recent publication on the historic Dilexi gallery from the Beat era and the films and projects since then. The panel will host artists and scholars discussing its well-known artists and collaborators Sun Ra, Warhol and Anna Halprin, while playing the music that provided a soundtrack for this era.

Whitcomb’s current exhibition at the Center For The Arts Eagle Rock in her hometown draws on the influence of PD Ouspensky and George Gurdjieff on modern, contemporary and postmillennial art. The exhibition includes artists Roberto Matta, Wilfredo Lam, Wolfgang Paalen, Lynn Chadwick and many more. It explores how mathematics has been a fundamental tool to convey metaphysical principles throughout the history of art. It also conveys how artists became radicalized in the early 20th century and viewed their work as a vehicle for representation and access to the fourth dimension. In addition to this ongoing exhibition, Whitcomb has a book on artist Paulina Peavy (which is part of the exhibition) edited by LACMA Curator Emeritus and Art Historian Ilene Susan Fort, published by the Andrew Edlin Gallery. It follows Whitcomb’s first West Coast exhibition of the artist in over 70 years. As a result, Whitcomb was named Los Angeles’ top ten show (#6) for 2021 by Hyperallergic. Part 2 of this program, which explores mysticism and mathematics at CFAER, will be The Golden Ratio: A Procession, which examines the impact of the golden ratio on art and music. This show takes place at CFAER and includes Anthony Gormley, Lygia Clark and Dorothea Rockburne and Gisela Colon among others.

On July 30, Whitcomb will moderate a panel at the Blum & Poe Gallery for her exhibition Three Landscapes: JB Blunk, Anna Halprin and Lawrence Halprin. Whitcomb’s expertise on all three artists will guide this anticipated discussion with Daria Halprin and esteemed scholar Janice Ross for the exhibition.

The direction of these impressive projects is a direct result of Whitcomb’s previous curatorial work, including the reopening of the historic Brand Library and Art Center with works by Basquiat, Hockney and Mapplethorpe, a book on the historic Beat era Dilexi Gallery in association with six venues Program that includes acclaimed California galleries, Paulina Peavy’s first West Coast show in over 75 years, and numerous fashion retrospectives focusing on designers such as Paco Rabanne, The House of Beauty and Culture, and Schiaparelli’s collaboration with Dali, presented at the Dali Museum took place, investigated in 2017.

Label Curatorial was officially founded in 2010 by Angeleno-born fashion designer and art curator Laura Whitcomb, who has hosted exhibitions since 1987. Label Curatorial develops exhibitions, catalogues, utilities, site-specific works, performances and public discussions for art institutions, galleries, museums, cultural and educational centers worldwide. Through the Curatorial label, Whitcomb focuses on little-known artists and movements that have transformed and enriched the historical record of American and European art, with a particular focus on the art of California.

Label Curatorial’s shows are characterized above all by creating powerful supplementary performances of music, dance and performance-finding alliances that address the themes of the exhibition. The Curatorial label selects prominent historic buildings to host its shows and commits to hosting a major exhibition free of charge once a year to support non-profit organizations and offer them a historically enriching program. Previous curatorial shows and consultancies from pro bono labels have featured arts centers and nonprofits such as Beyond Baroque, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Brand Library, and the Art Center, resulting in two collaborations that have received Mike Kelly Grants.

Her work in Fashion & Label Curatorial was recently recognized by Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele for what he described as the inspiration for the Fall Winter 2022 collection. On June 30, 2022, Gucci uploaded a podcast interviewing Whitcomb about her work in fashion and philosophers Walter Benjamin and PD Ouspensky.

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