Los Angeles

Knud Merrild

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Merrild’s twenty-nine year residence (1923–52) in Los Angeles places him among a rare handful of the area’s contemporary (i.e., pre-World War II) art pioneers, and hence explains the value of this assessment. His activity began in Denmark, was influenced by travels in Europe, and much importance (without supporting evidence) is given to his acquaintance with D. H. Lawrence. This retrospective reveals to a new audience a third-rate reflection of 20th-century art history—Delaunay, Klee, Gleizes, Metzinger, Picabia, Schwitters, and Constructivism, various primitivisms, Dali, Ernst, Miró, and nonobjective automatism—at best, modest and provincial interpretations

From the very first example, a paramount involvement is with technical means, particularly mixed media. Polished and carefully wrought, his works display a craftsman’s concern with finish. Combining materials and working in sequentially

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