Art from Many Major Artists to be Displayed at Armenian Museum in Watertown

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The Armenian Museum of America will host an exhibition of artwork from some of the top artists of the late 20th Century called “On the Edge: Los Angeles Art 1970s – 1990s from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family. There will be a companion exhibition featuring Armenian artists.

The Armenian Museum provided the following information:

This exhibition, our largest in 50 years, features more than 75 artists including Lita Albuquerque, John Altoon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis, Vija Celmins, Gregory Wiley Edwards, Frank Gehry, Helmut Newton, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol.

Curated by Rachel McCullah Wainwright.

The companion exhibition, “Discovering Takouhi: Portraits of Joan Agajanian Quinn,” will include Armenian artists such as Dahlia Elsayed, Jean Kazanjian, Silvina Der Meguerditchian, Ara Oshagan, Zaven Sarkissian, and Aram Saroyan.

Curated by Gina Grigorian and Natalie Varbedian.


Members Preview & Reception 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Non-Members Preview 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Exhibition sponsored by the JHM Charitable Foundation.


Joan Agajanian Quinn and her late husband Jack represent a key moment in the history of contemporary art, as Los Angeles came to symbolize an innovative and prolific brand of creative freedom. Few individuals have left such an indelible mark on the artistic landscape of Southern California than Joan and Jack Quinn. Joan found herself both muse and promoter of several Southern California artists, while Jack used his skills as a prominent and influential attorney to help an array of emerging artists and their dealers navigate the worlds of law and business.

This exhibition highlights the couple’s collection primarily amassed from the 1970s to 1990s, a period rich in significance and defined by a unique spirit of anti-conformity, a play of new materials and a celebration of light and the California cool ethos. Much of the work was collected directly from the artists and has never changed hands or been shown publicly. Works in the exhibition will explore themes such as Ferus Group “Cool School,” Light and Space, Minimalism, Chicano Art, Pop Art, and international artists and influences.

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