Helen Mayer & Newton Harrison Datebook: Sarah Lucas tackles gender with ribald humor at the Hammer Museum

Los Angeles Times Jun 05, 2019

The Harrisons, “Extinction,” at Various Small Fires. Inspired by the publication of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” in 1962, Newton Harrison and his wife, Helen Mayer, Harrison committed to creating only artwork that would benefit “the great web of life.” This included simple acts — such as making topsoil — and more complicated works, including mapping out nature corridors. Their work served as an early foundation for the ecological art movement. Newton, now 86, continues his practice, though his partner died in 2012. This exhibition brings together works produced from 1970 to the present, works that dwell on extinction — and ways of countering it. Opens Friday at 5 p.m. and runs through June 7. 812 Highland Ave., Hollywood, vsf.la.

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