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Jeffrey Vallance

Margo Leavin Gallery

If Los Angeles were Paris, Jeffrey Vallance would surely be declared a national treasure, yet I’m convinced that any such public recognition of his peculiar genius would serve only to puncture it. That this exhibition was held at Margo Leavin Gallery reflects a recent uptick in this artist’s stock, no doubt a delayed reaction to his increasing influence abroad. Vallance’s favorable reception at last year’s Basel Art Fair was only the latest sign of the cultlike favor he has found in Europe. However, a truly triumphant return may have to wait a while longer. Though Vallance’s abiding fondness for every conceivable sort of non-art visual production—from comic books to scrap-craft and model making—was ennobled by the context, his oeuvre remained nevertheless shrouded in benign neglect.

The exhibition was divided into two main sections, one comprising a multipart work of mail art from 1978 and

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