PRINT January 1976

European Painting in LA: A Grab Bag of Well-worn Issues

I concluded that, as in America, most of the talented figures in their twenties and thirties are seemingly attracted to extra-painting media, especially video/photography/performance. Given the limitations of exhibition space, it was decided to focus on work that less resembles U.S. art. (Maurice Tuchman, European Painting in the Seventies: New Work by Sixteen Artists)

ELSEWHERE IN THIS CATALOGUE and in the mysteriously euphoric press coverage (Los Angeles Times, Time magazine), there befalls the notion that the show is somehow defending painting per se, as well as being a sampling of the European brand of it—disregarded by museums in this country for twenty years. “European Painting” started out, in fact, as a broader idea embracing Americans and Europeans, young and old, great and unknown. Along the way, an impressive list of artists who’d gone unshown in Los Angeles for five years or

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