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Tony Berlant & Gwynn Murrill
Yang Na
1990


Project Area: CBD/South Park
Project: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)
Project Location: 919 S. Grand Avenue
Project Type: Developer

Description:

When approaching the main entrance to FIDM, one encounters an environment designed by Tony Berlant, including a bronze female figure (by artist Gwynn Murrill) with long angel’s wings, gown, and a cat face mask. She appears to be walking on a blue concrete carpet extending into the lobby. In the lobby are columns clad with heavily worked linoleum collages and a vibrant blue ceiling with floating gold sculptures of winged creatures.

For other projects by Gwynn Murrill, please see:

Overview Image of Lobby
 
Image of Winged Female Figure
 


Artist Profiles

Tony Berlant studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his MA and MFA, and went on to teach in UCLA’s Art Department. He received early recognition in 1960, when art critic Clement Greenberg selected one of his paintings for inclusion in an exhibition of Los Angeles area artists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Berlant’s work is represented in many private and public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and Los Angeles’ County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art.  Major public commissions include Fox Network Center, Los Angeles; San Francisco Airport; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Mayo Clinic; and Target Corporation.

Michigan-born artist Gwynn Murrill received her formal art training at the University of California, Los Angeles where she earned an MFA in 1972.  Murrill’s bronze sculptures take on the subject of animals, domestic and wild, displayed in lyrical and natural poses.  During her career, the artist has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, and a Prix di Roma Fellowship.  Significant commissions include the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing, Los Angeles; Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena; San Francisco Zoo; Target Corporation, Minneapolis; Pearson Airport, Toronto, Canada; and the Embassy of the United States of America, Singapore.  The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.