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ART ABOUT TOWN WITH PETER FRANK

Peter Frank’s

MUSEUM VIEWS PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 THROUGH MAY 20 One of Pacific Standard Time’s last hurrahs is also one of its most remarkable, as it examines a tendency in southern California art that few have acknowledged but keeps erupting to the surface. Indeed, many of the artists featured in this survey, as well as the post-PST artists they influenced, are among L.A.’s best known, precisely for the harrowing view of humanity they proffer. From Hans Burkhardt to Paul McCarthy (and beyond), “L.A. Raw” avers, a funky, corrosive, highly critical and yet highly spiritual – in sum, highly existential – impulse has coursed through artistic practice here, bespeaking a streak of moral challenge, even fury, that entirely belies California’s laid-back reputation. It manifested in a number of “movements,” such as the mid-century cubo-expressionism of Rico

Lebrun

and

Howard

Warshaw; the “Watts renaissance” assemblage of Betye Saar, John Outterbridge, and David Hammons; the deliberately clumsy figuration of artists

such

as

Charles

Garabedian, Roberto Chavez, and other painters associated with the CeeJe Gallery; the Pop-adjacent symbol-signage

WILLIAM BRICE UNTITLED (MALIBU FIGURE), 1968 OIL ON CANVAS, 69 1/2 X 59 IN. COURTESY OF L.A. LOUVER, VENICE, CALIFORNIA © ESTATE OF WILLIAM BRICE.

of Wallace Berman, James Gill, and Llyn Foulkes; and the body-focused performance art of McCarthy, Barbara Smith, Chris Burden, and Nancy Buchanan. One of the exhibition’s most surprising and illuminating positions, in fact, is the continuity of spirit and practice

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