Los Angeles

California Watercolor Society,

Otis Art Institute Galleries

In this exhibition, an annual show of the Society’s members, one can see unfortunate proof of the idea that nobody is very interested in watercolor nowadays. More than half of the entries used opaque media in a manner that might just as well have incorporated oils; others used collage elements to detract from the medium, and transparent watercolors without regard to their unique properties. In no instance did a participating artist attempt to explore the possibilities of the watercolor medium.

The entries by Clinton Adams, Stevan Kissel and James L. Odgers stood out from the general anonymity of the rest of this large show. Most of the paintings were involved in mainstream abstract expressionism, mainstream post-abstract expressionist figure painting and mainstream calendar illustration, but with little to distinguish any of them.

Don Factor