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Mira Schor, Bear Triptych (Part II), 1972, gouache on paper, 30 × 22". From the suite Bear Triptych, 1972–73.

Mira Schor

Lyles & King

As a painter, writer, teacher, and recipient of this year’s Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award—in addition to being a dedicated cultural commentator on her blog, ayearofpositivethinking.com—Mira Schor freely roams between art criticism and artmaking. Her gestural renderings of text are as tactile as her fluid, figurative imagery, treating language and bodies as constitutive elements of consciousness. A keen feminist analysis is as present and salient in her images as it is in her thoughtful, clear-sighted essays. Schor’s show “California Paintings: 1971–1973” brought us back to the beginning of her career trajectory; namely, her graduate-school years at CalArts. The works here, most of which hadn’t been shown since they were originally made—and some of which had never been seen before—included Glimmer, 1973, a gouache-and-pencil drawing on paper of sharp-tipped cacti leaves,

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