The Ferus Gallery



This is Kristine McKenna’s extraordinary new history of Ed Kienholz, Walter Hopps, and Irving Blum’s visionary Ferus Gallery. Between 1957 and 1966 the gallery was home to such influential California artists as Robert Alexander, John Altoon, Billy Al Bengston, Wallace Berman, Streeter Blair, Bruce Conner, Jay De Feo, Richard Diebenkorn, Llyn Foulkes, Sonia Gechtoff, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, James Kelly, Edward Kienholz, Frank Lobdell, John Mason, Edward Moses, Richard Pettibon, Kenneth Price, Philip Rich, Arthur Richer, Richards Ruben, Edward Ruscha, Paul Sarkisian, Hassel Smith, and Julius Wasserstein. It was also the site of the first Los Angeles exhibitions by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, and Kurt Schwitters. “The Ferus Gallery: A Place to Begin” recounts the gallery’s history chronologically in transcribed interviews with the Ferus artists, wives and girlfriends, collectors, and other well-placed Los Angeles denizens; featuring hundreds of vintage images of the artists and friends, artworks, installation photographs, posters, and much more-including many published here for the first time.