“Baja to Vancouver”

Seattle Art Museum

Is West Coast contemporary art synonymous with Los Angeles? “Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art,” which brings together five curators and thirty-three artists from Tijuana, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, means to reassess this idea. Each curator—Ralph Rugoff and Matthew Higgs of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts San Francisco, Toby Kamps from the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Lisa Corrin of the Seattle Art Museum, and Daina Augaitis of the Vancouver Art Gallery—has the opportunity to champion artists from his or her own region (as well as from others), while the show overall takes on the myth of the once glorious West Coast.

With only a handful of works by each artist, the show manages to be more aesthetically cohesive than other high-profile curatorial team efforts of recent memory. But, though

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