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Arts of Southern California XVII

Long Beach Museum of Art

Departing from the traditional media designation theme, this series is aimed at capturing a specific stylistic attitude prevalent among Southern California painters—the personal, often subconscious, individual view. Unfortunately, many of the 16 artists selected don’t fit the bill, and the quality of the work leaves much to be desired. Primarily figurative, the imagery is often strident and obvious rather than introspective and esoteric, or in the more topical examples, doesn’t come through to the viewer. In an effort to display newer or lesser known local artists, the museum has obviously sacrificed both theme and quality level.

Among the more interesting works adhering to the thesis are Carson Gladson’s “Stars, Mountains, Clouds,” which presents a strange and personal iconography; Donald Lagerberg’s “Black Menina” and “Self Portrait,” both inward, mystical representations; Burton

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