Young Los Angeles Artists

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

The Young Los Angeles Artists at the County Museum are another kettle of fish. The show was staged as a satellite to “Art and Technology” to expose up-and-comers to the expected summer hordes, and was put together at the eleventh hour on, to put it lightly, an informal basis. Nevertheless, some folks thought it a “sleeper” compared with A & T, like seeing The Bicycle Thief on a double bill with Ben Hur. Several of the artists, however, thought the ‘here’s-a-wall-hang-it-yourself’ approach was exploitative of the Museum’s bottleneck power over young artists in a region notoriously overpopulated with young esthetes and so deficient in real market. I admit, given the recent history of shows at the County, it seems that way, because the museum, after unwisely throwing every last penny and man-hour for the last couple of years into A & T, had literally nothing to offer in the way of mechanical

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