The first floor of the gallery showcases the first U.S. presentation of Peter Shelton’s one hundred and eighty-eight-part work, godspipes. The massive work-in-progress hangs on the Louver’s walls as disjointed fragments comprised of fiberglass, hollow forms which are ribbed with lead and for the most part resembled elements of the human body – limbs, vertebrae, bodily organs, etc. One can marvel in the intricacy of each delicate piece or step back and take in the gargantuan enormity of the entire work as a whole.
Indian architectural elements and miniature paintings from the collection of renowned Indian art dealer and scholar Terence McInerney are on display on the second floor of the gallery. The exhibit includes three architectural reliefs carved from red sandstone dating from the late sixteenth to early seventeenth centuries, approximately a dozen Indian paintings from the Jaipur, Bilaspur, Bikaner, Mewar and Jhilai schools of painting and three ornate jalis – which were used as window screens, room dividers and railings for thrones, platforms, terraces and balconies.
The L.A. Louver is located at 45 N. Venice Blvd., in Venice. Museum hours: Tues-Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Price: free. For more information, call (310) 822-4955 or visit www.lalouver.com.