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“Time & Place: Los Angeles 1957–1968”

Moderna Museet | Stockholm
Skeppsholmen
October 4 - January 6

Curated by Lars Nittve

If you think the decade following the late 1950s in New York was the warp-speediest trip to the future, think again. In Gotham, art progressed from Rauschenberg’s Combines to Flavin’s fluorescents to Heizer’s Earthworks. The West Coast, however, saw a shift from admittedly late-in-the-day AbEx works to Robert Irwin’s and James Turrell’s dematerializations-into-pure-light. That’s WHOOSH! to the East Coast’s whoosh. Along the way—as this exhibition featuring twenty-four LA-based artists should demonstrate—came bright, idealistic Minimalism (Larry Bell, John McCracken), smart and funny Conceptualism (John Baldessari), dystopian assemblage (Wallace Berman, Ed Kienholz), a few uncategorizables (Kenneth Anger, Ken Price), and the debut of Judy Chicago. A golden age? Perhaps too brief to be an age, but certainly a time inventive and sun-drenched enough to be called golden.