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Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts with the artists.



Untitled, 1970, Frederick Eversley. Three-color, three-layer cast polyester. 20 x 20 x 6 in. Collection of the artist. © Frederick Eversley

Sculptors in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s approached the quality of their plastics, resins, industrial pigments and coating methods with particularity and expertise. They familiarized themselves with the relevant technology and participated in the processes of manufacture. In many cases, artists like Frederick Eversley even extended material processes beyond the scope reached by industry. Eversley, a trained engineer, pioneered methods of casting liquid plastic centrifugally in order to create polished parabolic and concave sculptures in vivid hues. As with other artists associated with the Light and Space movement, Eversley was interested in the phenomenological aspects of his works. In his manipulations of light, color, and form, he sought to affect the optical, physical, and psychological experience of the viewer.

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  • Frederick Eversley

    Frederick Eversley in his studio, 1971. Photo by Frank J. Thomas. Courtesy of the artist and the Frank J. Thomas Archives

  • Frederick Eversley polishing one of his sculptures

    Frederick Eversley polishing one of his sculptures, 1970. Image courtesy of and © Frederick Eversley

  • Announcement, Frederick Eversley exhibition

    Announcement for Frederick Eversley exhibition Colored Parabolic Space at the Quay Gallery in San Francisco, 1971. © Frederick Eversley. The Getty Research Institute, Gift of George Herms, 2009.M.20