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John McLaughlin at LACMA

A bit late in coming, but during my February visit to the LACMA it was pleasantly surprised to see an exhibit of John McLaughlin's work. The exhibition is titled Total Abstraction and consists of 52 paintings and a selection of collages.

McLaughlin was included in the famous 1959 LACMA show "Four Abstract Classicists" that included my Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University mentor Karl Benjamin. This was a landmark show at the time and defined part of Southern California and West Coast art at the time.

Here is some signage that highlights the period.

I doubt I'd ever seen pieces from that show, or at least from that time period other than Karl's, so it was interesting to tour this exhibit and make the connection.

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