• “Sunshine & Noir: Art In L.A. 1960–1997”

    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

    Los Angeles artists enjoy the unique yet dubious privilege of living in the lap of mass culture. But if they feel proprietary toward the mythmaking machine of movies and television, their closeness has also encouraged a psychological remove from it. Though they often allude to frenzies on the screen, their central concern is with pop dramas of the mind. As a vehicle for our collective fantasies that give a less than social pleasure, the movie is to them as inevitable a theme as nature is to “landscapists.”

    Such an overview is offered by “Sunshine & Noir,” a deliberately potluck exhibition of Los

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