The Different Artists Featured at the Azzurra – Marina Pointe Marina del Rey

I recently had an inquiry about what artist was featured on the 18th floor at the Azzurra in Marina del Rey (that would be the great Jasper Johns).  I was curious myself as to who was the featured artist on each floor.  Soooo, here we are!  I know I’m missing several of the artists… if you know who they are… please let me know and I’ll update this list!!

3rd Floor – Dennis Hopper

Painter, poet, photographer, actor and filmmaker, Hopper vaulted to fame as the director of the 1969 road movie, Easy Rider. His iconic photographs of the changing culture in 1960s Los Angeles have become internationally recognized images. 

Diagnosed as schizophrenic in his teens, Altoon suffered depression and paranoia throughout much of his life. Nevertheless, Altoon’s peers knew him as an enthusiastic and vibrant personality laden with talent. Altoon’s lithographs and watercolors often depicted dreams and fantasies. He was an inspiration to a wide circle of artists and his untimely death cut short a promising career.

8th Floor – Francis Bruguière  (I may be wrong about this one… please shoot me a message if I am!)

Francis began to paint after sustaining a spine injury in a plane crash that left him in the hospital for months. After several years of painting in monochrome, a visit to Southern California profoundly influenced the artist’s color palette. Francis’s abstractions took on exciting, vivid and contrasting hues that were previously absent from his work.

Bengston’s painting career took off when he found that the skills he mastered at his other career—professional motorcycle racing—translated naturally to his art. In the process of detailing his own bikes, Bengston became virtuosic at spraying auto enamels and lacquers. His artistic use of metallic, high gloss paints on dented and defiled sheets of metal became his signature style. 

Smith has drawn on the literary worlds of Whitman, Kerouac, Raymond Chandler and F. Scott Fitzgerald to help explore America’s cultural, social and political evolution. By intermingling literary text fragments with small objects found at thrift stores and flea markets, Smith created unique conceptual art that included a storytelling motif. 

11th Floor Diebenkorn

A university art teacher for more than two decades, Diebenkorn was a pioneer in painting abstract landscapes. He was deeply affected by his immediate environment and after moving to L.A., his paintings took a distinctive and stylistic turn. It was in his Santa Monica studio that he created his most significant and spontaneous works, which are considered masterpieces of the 20th century. 

14th Floor – Rauschenberg

Breaking down the boundaries between painting and sculpture, Rauschenberg boldly attached un-painterly things—a stuffed goat, the artist’s own bed quilt—to his painted canvases. The maverick Texan even prompted on Abstract Expressionist artist to quip, “If this is Modern Art, then I quit!” Rauschenberg’s works continue to inspire artists who seek alternatives to traditional artistic media. 

Lichtenstein worked as a draftsman and window decorator, but primarily as an art instructor before gaining fame in the early 1960s. His more popular pieces use recognizable characters from comic strips, gum wrappers and cartoons. The artist’s hard-edged figures, Benday dots and comic book-like lettering and word balloons are meant to remind us that “…art is all around us.”

Born in Sweden, Oldenburg moved to America when he was just seven. The sculptor is renowned for creating large versions of everyday objects. His enormous lipstick tube can be found in the Morse College courtyard. Oldenburg occasionally dabbles in architectural projects, most notably the Chiat/Day advertising agency headquarters in Los Angeles—the main entrance is a pair of gigantic black binoculars. 

Born and schooled in Britain, Hockney relocated to Los Angeles in 1964 and was instantly taken with the sunny open spaces, swimming pools and the freewheeling California lifestyle. His realistic and vibrant oil paintings of pools are among his most-regaled pieces. Hockney’s deftness at photocollaging—a patchwork of small Polaroid snapshots arranged to form a larger, composite image—displays his longstanding affection for cubism. 

18th Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns is a true master of contemporary art and one of today’s most brilliant living artists. He is known for subject matter such as flags, targets, letters and numbers, his lush treatment of the painting surface and the incorporation of wax-based paint and plastic relief into his paintings. Johns’ “Gray Numbers” was resold in the secondary market—from one collector to another—for over $40 million: the highest price ever to have been paid for a work by a living artist. 

19th Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as POP art.  

More to come!!!!

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