Introduction

Introduction
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The myth of California looms large in the modern psyche. Portrayed in the early years of the twentieth century as the land of gold and sunshine, California by midcentury was understood in more nuanced terms. Both utopian and dystopian images took shape in the vision of artists working in Southern California in the 1960s and 1970s. The sleek, elegant, even transcendent works of the “light and space” and “finish fetish” artists contrast with the gritty, tawdry materials and imagery of assemblage and California pop art. This exhibition explores both these strands in Southern California art of the 1960s and 1970s, with echoes into the 1980s and 1990s.

- Carol Eliel (2007)

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