San Francisco

Group show at Oakland Museum, Jerry McMillan, Paul Wunderlich, R. B. Kitaj, Brian Wall, Gary Stephan, Carlos Villa, Carol Heineman, Nathaniel Sirles

Oakland Museum

George W. Neubert, curator of art at the Oakland Museum, has done a large group show to demonstrate that California artists do stuff just like the big boys in New York do. “It is said that owing to a lack of patronage by California collectors,” he writes, “the art produced by the West Coast artist does not fit into the mainstream of contemporary painting; we feel ‘Color and Scale’ questions that prevailing belief.”

Neubert told me he is tired of people coming to the Bay Area and finding our part of the country characterized by cute little funk art, so personal, so eccentric. His reply was to put together a show of five Bay Area artists (and three from Los Angeles) who paint big. And colorful.

For me one of the big finds of the show was the Los Angeles artist Richard Yokomi, who exhibited several shaped canvases stapled to the wall. For Yokomi the shape of the canvas echoes the forms he uses

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