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“Lost and Found in California: Four Decades of Assemblage Art”

James Corcoran Gallery / Shoshana Wayne Gallery / Pen Gallery

An ordinary human life is cluttered with many common objects that are taken for granted—light bulbs, steering wheels, chairs, string, radios, street signs, clothing, etc. Assemblage art grew out of and capitalized on the inclination to personalize these kinds of objects, to make them our own, and to imbue them with meaning. In this century, artists have taken the idea one step further, by constructing self-portraits, political commentaries, and other works out of found objects.

“Lost and Found” was a museum-sized exhibit of the work of 85 artists who have focused on creating pieces using found objects. (Only 12 of these artists are women.) The show was broken up and crowded into three curatorial categories and three separate galleries, all of which were claustrophobically packed with work. (A fourth show at the G. Ray Hawkins Gallery featured photographs of assemblage art.) The James Corcoran

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