Past Exhibition

Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe

February 18, 2012 — October 27, 2012
As Part of the Getty Initiative
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980

A major exhibition titled “Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe” that ran through October 27, 2012 and continues the gallery’s themed Pacific Standard Time shows initiated by The Getty Museum, which debuted September 28, 2011 with a historic Hans Burkhardt exhibition.

Los Angeles, CA – “Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe” opens with a reception at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, Saturday, February 18 from 6-9 p.m., with Weisberg in attendance. The exhibitions run through September 1, and continue the gallery’s themed Pacific Standard Time shows, which debuted September 28, 2011 with an historic Hans Burkhardt exhibition.

“Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe” features a selection of the artist’s larger sculptural work and rarely-seen paintings, and follows an earlier Pacific Standard Time exhibition at the gallery of her intimately- scaled sculpture, wall pieces and iconic jewelry. Claire Falkenstein’s (1908-1997) work, with its innovative use of materials such as glass, metal and resin, reveals a prescient fascination with the possibilities of chance and choice which parallels current views of our expanding universe. Her ability to move sculpture to non-traditional realms, whereby she incorporates and suggests both the expansiveness of form as well as the compression of space, has established her as one of the most important modern artists in this medium. Falkenstein is well-known as the creator of Peggy Guggenheim’s Venice palazzo gates.

Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997) “Space Structure,” 1978 Nickel-Plated Iron 35 x 39 x 32 inches
Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997), “Barcelona Series,“ 1949, Gouache on Paper on Canvas, 18 x 36 inches

Falkenstein’s first solo museum exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1940 was followed by her works being shown at such prestigious museums as the Louvre and the Rodin Museums of Paris. Moving to Paris for 13 years in 1950, her studio was a central meeting place for admiring critics and artists. Her works were shown at The Tate Gallery in London, Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Venice, National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

The exhibition also launches the first major publication detailing her entire career – Claire Falkenstein – with essays by art historians Susan M. Anderson and Maren Henderson, art writer and critic Michael Duncan, and an introduction by Philip Linhares, President of the Falkenstein Foundation and former Chief Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California.

Special event programs related the Falkenstein book signing on the evening of March 24 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts will soon be announced with additional information via e-mail and web postings at