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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.

Up with in

Up with in

Up with in, 1957–58, Frederick Hammersley. Oil on linen. 47 7/8 x 36 in. Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Estate of Walter and Elise Mosher. © The Frederick Hammersley Foundation. Photo: Schenck & Schenck, Claremont

Painter Frederick Hammersley was one of the original “Four Abstract Classicists,” who exibited their groundbreaking geometric abstractions in a 1959 exhibition of the same name. Hammersley’s hard-edge paintings are buoyant arrangements of shape and color, and the work Up with in is a characteristic example of what the artist termed a “Hunch” painting. To compose his “Hunch” paintings, Hammersley would work in an unplanned manner, instincutally laying down one form and complimenting it with another, and so on. Through this process, Hammersley created the intuitive and lively pieces that comprise the “Hunch” series of 1953 to 1959.

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  • Abstract Classicists

    Abstract Classicists meet at Lorser Feitelson’s studio in Los Angeles, May 10, 1959

  • Audio: Frederick Hammersley

    Audio: Frederick Hammersley speaks about his work, February 2003