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Ten thoughts on PST, for now and next time

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  1. At a time when history-writing museum group shows of contemporary art are too few and too far between, Pacific Standard Time provided a series of smart, scholarship-producing exhibitions. These shows should send both collectors and curators scurrying to learn more about specific artists and works — and probably to a buying binge by both. Which makes it all the more remarkable that a great and important Suzanne Lacy could leave Los Angeles. That would be a major embarrassment.
  2. The group shows are great, but here’s hoping the seemingly inevitable PST II includes plenty of solo shows too. As subjects, I nominate Larry Bell, John McLaughlin, Karl Benjamin, Helen Lundeberg, Maria Nordman, John Outterbridge,¬†Lewis Baltz, Robert Heinecken, John Divola, Martha Rosler, William Garnett, ¬†Noah Purifoy, Barbara T. Smith and Larry Sultan. (True: Several of these artists, such as Sultan and Heinecken, are geographic tweeners.) [Image: Lundeberg, Blue Planet, 1965.]
  3. Innovation in materials was a big part of the story of post-war art (and not just in California). The Getty Conservation Institute (in collaboration with the Getty Museum) presented a super little De Wain Valentine mini-show/gallery. The next time around, I’d love to see more museums include more about conservation and the materials artists used.
  4. I’m surprised southern California artists have made (and make?) so little art that touches on earthquakes or the threat thereof.
  5. I can’t look at Wallace Bermans without thinking of iPhones.
  6. As Christopher Knight noted on The Modern Art Notes Podcast, PST was really light on 1950-1965 or so. As a result it was too thin on many post-war LA painters, especially Sam Francis, Lee Mullican, David Hockney, Lundeberg and McLaughlin.
  7. In an essay in the “Phenomenal” catalogue, MAMFW chief curator Michael Auping suggests that architect Richard Neutra was important to the devlopment of light-and-space-and-perception. I want to know more about that.
  8. Footnote of the year, from the “State of Mind” catalogue: “Paul Cotton died and was spiritually reborn as Adam II on December 24, 1969.”
  9. Again and again in PST show after PST show I found myself thinking that a lot of what many artists were doing in southern California was reacting against the slickness and commercialism of Hollywood production.
  10. Starting next week, MAN will spotlight the catalogues generated by PST. The exhibitions weren’t the only things…
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  1. Tracey says:

    John Divola retrospective coming up at the end of 2013… Santa Barbara Museum of Art, LACMA, and Pomona College co-organizing.

  2. Tyler Green says:


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