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L.A. Art Heads North


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Illustration by Robert Williams

Oakland Museum of California’s chief curator of art, Phil Linhares, put a lot of miles on his car researching the museum’s upcoming L.A. Paint exhibit. Linhares has spent the last 18 months crisscrossing the Southland—from Chatsworth to the Salton Sea—to find a showcase of 10 cutting-edge artists to present here in the East Bay.

“Los Angeles has developed into a major American art capital,” says Linhares. “In terms of painting, it’s a time of pluralism—there isn’t any one dominant form. To my eye, there are four major developments happening in the L.A. art scene: the new abstraction, narrative strain, fantasy/surrealist, and the lowbrow movement (see Robert Williams’ Hot Rod Race, below). We’ll be showing some exciting, evocative work from each style.”
 

L.A. Paint opens October 4 and runs through March 8. Robert Williams, the “godfather of lowbrow,” will give a free talk on October 12 at 2 p.m. Oakland Museum of California, 10000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org.

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