SANTA MONICA, CA.- The Robert Berman Gallery
presents a selection of Ben Talberts paintings, drawings and assemblages from the 1960s. Luck and Love Revisited is curated by Talberts close friend and well know curator, Hal Glicksman.
Ben Talbert was an accomplished painter and sculptor, who was part of the original circle of beat and alternative Venice artists from the 1960s. Not only was he friends with all of the people from the seminal group, in particular Wallace Berman and Ed Kienholz, but was also exhibited in a major show with both of them at the Pasadena Art Museum as well as a solo show curated by Walter Hopps. Talberts assemblages are still well known and were recently in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum and at the Santa Monica Museum.
In the late 60s Talbert painted large Pop paintings of pornographic playing cards, using the American Flag as the background. This work was shown in a group exhibition in 1972 at the David Stuart Gallery in Los Angeles that was closed down by police as obscene. His friends organized a secret exhibited called Luck and Love for two days at the Mermaid Tavern in Topanga, California. Other than this renegade show his paintings and drawings have never been shown.
When he died in 1974, the Womens movement was in full swing. Glicksman, an advocate of Talberts, concluded that Talberts work needed to be stored away for a long time to find a new audience. Even by todays liberal standards, the work is very tough.
This is Ben Talberts first solo exhibition since 1973.