Explore the Era

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 (Leaner)

Untitled (Leaner)

Untitled (Leaner), 1970, Peter Alexander. Polyester resin. 104 ½ x 5 ½ x 3 in. Collection of the artist. © Peter Alexander

Like many of his contemporaries, Peter Alexander experimented with innovative techniques for casting plastic resins, using materials that were newly available on the market in the second half of the 1960s. This slender vertical sculpture is made of polyester resin and, like many that Alexander made during the late 1960s and early 1970s, it plays with the prismatic effects produced by light reflecting off and passing through translucent resins. The work leans against the wall and has a triangular cross-section. The two facets that are directed towards the viewer are highly polished, while the rear facet retains the roughly textured finish produced by the casting process. As light passes through the piece, a halo of golden light and pattern is thrown onto the wall behind and around the piece, dematerializing both the sculpture and its surroundings.

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Works of Art

  • Cloud Box

    Cloud Box, 1966, Peter Alexander. Cast polyester resin. 9 5/8 x 9 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. Collection of Janis Horn and Leonard Feldman, Los Angeles. © Peter Alexander. Photo: Brian Forrest

Explore the Archive

  • Video: Peter Alexander

    Video: Peter Alexander speaks about his work, May 2010

  • An exhibition at Billy Al Bengston’s Artist Studio

    An exhibition at Billy Al Bengston’s Artist Studio, with works by Ed Ruscha, Peter Alexander, and John McCracken, 1970. Image courtesy of Billy Al Bengston

  • Peter Alexander, 1966

    Peter Alexander in 1966. Image courtesy of and © Billy Al Bengston