Los Angeles

“Primitive Art”

Bob Willoughby Gallery, Pacific Palisades

Collector and photographer Bob Willoughby has put together a fascinating exhibit based upon the incredible range of the word “primitive.” Of course, by no stretch of the imagination can Grandma Moses, Eden Box, Peyronnet, Vivin and the like have anything to do with African Dance Masks, Ipugaw ritual figures, Peruvian clay sculptures, or rare Cameroon Bronze Masks, but Willoughby did it and it worked. Bouncing about from Peyronnet’s stiffly isolated and moving figures in Le Picnic to Jaliscan stone figures turns out to be an infinitely rewarding journey. One is left with a rare appreciation for he sophistication of the innocents and the innocence of the sophisticated. A fine, quality exhibit.

Cair Wolfe