San Francisco/Berkeley

“Both Kinds: Contemporary Art From Los Angeles”

University Art Museum Berkeley

“Both Kinds: Contemporary Art from Los Angeles.” I am will ing to say that anyonedoing art appears old-fashioned and I guess the answer to that would be, who cares? Culture is conservative. Nothing really new can be done and it’s art history’s job to prove it. This show, arranged by Peter Plagens, is old-fashioned, in the handmade down-home way, with no industrial design present. The watchwords: heterogeneous, pluralistic and catholic. No preconceived ideas, except those of individual quality. It’s a long way from the uniformity that dictated the type of art, art history and criticism we were allowed a while ago. (Wait, should we believe Kozloff on the MoMA show, Artforum, December, 1974?) The disparate elements of L.A. itself probably contribute most to the universal diversity, with Plagens’s own personality coming in next. What’s the inventory? Rough-tough color field Guy Williams,

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