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John Baldessari, Double Bill (Part 2): . . . and Gerard, 2012, varnished ink-jet print on canvas with acrylic and oil paint, 90 x 53 1/2". From “Arctic Summer.”

“Arctic Summer”

Margo Leavin Gallery

John Baldessari, Double Bill (Part 2): . . . and Gerard, 2012, varnished ink-jet print on canvas with acrylic and oil paint, 90 x 53 1/2". From “Arctic Summer.”

The melancholic air of “Arctic Summer” was given added poignancy when, two weeks after the opening, dealer Margo Leavin announced that this show would be her gallery’s last. As Leavin partner Wendy Brandow told the Los Angeles Times, “People are approaching art differently today. They’re not seeking out the thoughtful, complete statement that artists make when they create gallery exhibitions. The exhibitions have been such an important part of what we do, and they are no longer valued as much by the public.” Though art viewing hasn’t declined per se, the proliferation of fairs and international biennials has significantly changed the way art has come to be seen since Leavin first opened her doors in the studio of designer Tony Duquette in December 1970. Coming only a month after John Baldessari’s resignation from the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, this

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