Los Angeles

“Individuals”

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

With its yearlong inaugural exhibition. “Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art, 1945–1986,” Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art gives its rendition of the keynotes in art since World War II and marches into the crowded and very competitive field of nouvelle museology. Curated by Julia Brown Turrell, the exhibition occupies MOCA’s two separate buildings (the four-year-old Temporary Contemporary, Frank Gehry’s verismo adaptation of a big downtown warehouse; and the contained and highly polished California Plaza building complex designed by Arata lsozaki that opened in December) and offers an elaborate, eclectic menu (around 450 works by 77 artists), heavily edited, with little fat but frequent absences of flavor. Works judged more or less to be classical are presented in the serene. translucent broth of the lsozaki building, while romantic, heroically scaled, expressionistic.

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