Los Angeles


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

An exhibition designed to present the recent work of the five winners of the Contemporary Art Council’s New Talent Purchase Awards. These awards were established in 1963 to provide a year’s financial subsistence to a most promising young Los Angeles Area artist, in return for the opportunity to select one work for the Museum’s permanent collection.

The show presented five young artists, all functioning within the current modes of advanced art, but there was little reaching out, few risks. Each has found an imagery and technique that gives him a personal trademark but none (with the possible exception of Lloyd Hamrol, who unfortunately showed only one recent work, a departure from his previous style) appears to have attempted any real extension of his own understanding of the contemporary visual vocabulary.

The two most solid artists were Melvin Edwards and Tony Berlant. Edwards is probably

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