May 30, 2019 | By Louise Squire
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Opening June 8, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents the first comprehensive retrospective of little known Southern California-based artist John Altoon whose brief but notable career has resonated with artists around the country. Known equally for his brilliance as for being slightly mad and reckless, Altoon influenced and inspired not only his contemporaries during the 1950s-1960s but younger generations of artists as well. Featuring over 70 works, this exhibition explores Altoon’s body of work which ranged from detailed figuration to fervent abstraction. LACMA’s survey includes his abstract paintings from his Ocean Park series, his advertising satires in collaboration with Ed Ruscha, and his figurative drawings. Altoon’s work inspires for his lovely way with color and texture, and his bitingly satirical, subversive approach to pop culture and social issues. In this major retrospective, LACMA draws long overdue attention to this lesser known “artist’s artist.” – Chris Tsuyuki
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard / 1 323 857 6000
June 8 – September 14, 2014
Photos courtesy of LACMA
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