• the 2004 California Biennial

    Various Venues

    Where previous California Biennials have made comprehensive statements about the salient formal or conceptual proclivities of contemporary art on the West Coast, this year’s version does not seem arranged according to any central theme. Nevertheless, the work on view is necessarily imbued with a sense of “place” and, in fact, organizers Elizabeth Armstrong and Irene Hoffmann are to be commended for highlighting artists who are all contending, in one way or another, with Lucy Lippard’s “lure of the local.”

    Among the most compelling are the collectives VALDES (San Fernando Valley Institute of

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