|Los Angeles (January 18, 2022) — Albertz Benda and Friedman Benda are pleased to present The Endless Summer, which marks the first public exhibition at the galleries’ Los Angeles space. Highlighting new explorations from established and emerging voices at the forefront of their fields, The Endless Summer references the title of the seminal surf documentary from 1966 and channels similar themes of commitment to storytelling and dedication to one’s craft.
Concurrent to his solo exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the exhibition highlights a new piece from Sharif Bey’s Necklace series, in which he reappropriates and recontextualizes this imagery to challenge the cultural mainstream.
A continuation of his Objects for Living II series, the installation unveils a 6ft tall sculpture by multidisciplinary artist Daniel Arsham.
Following his first US solo show at the gallery and acclaimed exhibition at the ICA in Milan, the setting will premiere a chandelier from his seminal Mobile series a chandelier from influential London-based designer Michael Anastassiades.
The Endless Summer marks the public debut of a monumental dining table set in brightly colored hues with exuberant curves by OrtaMiklos in celebration of the creative duo’s solo show on view in NY from February 24th to March 19th.
Another centerpiece of the presentation will be a new work by Cleon Peterson, known for his stark, monochromatic figures that explore tensions between the individual and society at large in advance of his first solo show at the gallery opening in March.
In anticipation of Jake Clark’s solo show in September 2022 in LA, the Australian ceramist will debut a new series that reflects on iconic Los Angeles establishments. The setting will be completed by the iteration of Ini Archibong’s Switch table series inspired by Dr. Dre and by his experience growing up in Pasadena surrounded by low-rider car culture.
The exhibition also marks the first collaboration with Los Angeles based artist Angela Anh Ngyuen known for her tufted rugs informed by her personal experience of being a child of parents of the Vietnamese diaspora.
All artists and designers on view include:
Michael Anastassiades Christopher Le Brun
Daniel Arsham Famakan Magassa
Ini Archibong Tony Marsh
Sharif Bey Angela Anh Ngyuen
Timothy Curtis OrtaMiklos
Estudio Campana Felipe Pantone
Jake Clark Cleon Peterson
Carmen D’Apollonio Samuel Ross
Devon DeJardin Chris Schanck
Najla El Zein Snarkitecture
gt2P Faye Toogood
Misha Kahn Thaddeus Wolfe
Kay Kurt Barbora Žilinskaitė
About Friedman Benda
Friedman Benda identifies and advances key narratives that intersect contemporary design, craft, architecture, fine art, and cutting-edge technological research. The gallery promotes synthesis between leading creative thinkers and makers by creating opportunities to advance new connections within the global design community. Friedman Benda is committed to a critical view of design history. We aim to expand the design dialogue from its established sources, exploring perspectives that have previously been marginalized. Spanning five continents and four generations, Friedman Benda represents a roster of seminal established and emerging designers, as well as historically significant estates. With locations in New York and Los Angeles, the gallery’s exhibitions, publications and collaborations with institutions have played a vital role in the development of the contemporary design market and scholarship since 2007. For further information please visit www.friedmanbenda.com and the gallery’s Instagram @friedman_benda
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