Los Angeles – – Though the Pacific Standard Time blockbuster exhibitions at the major institutions are something to behold, “Speaking in Tongues,” the Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken show at Armory Center for the Arts is a standout. The curation by Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon is excellent in tying these two seminal yet under-studied artists into close conversation for the very first time. Berman and Heinecken bridged modernist and emerging post-modernist trends by ushering in the use of photography as a key element of contemporary avant-garde art. Their works are explored within the unique cultural context of 1960s and 1970s Southern California, as it fueled and amplified their highly original creative approaches.
“Speaking in Tongues” is on view now through January 22, 2012.