Posted on July 12, 2013
Circa 1970: Pacific Standard Time at the Bronx Museum
by Gillian Young
Relative to the artistic movements of the 1960s and 1980s, California art of the ‘70s remains, historically speaking, uncharted terrain. The diverse practices pioneered by West Coast artists were often inextricable from countercultural lifestyles and many may well be resistant to institutional representation. Endeavoring to map these experiments in art and life, “State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970,” on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (through Sept. 8), presents the work of familiar figures such as John Baldessari and Paul McCarthy alongside lesser-known artists like Lowell Darling and Barbara T. Smith. A range of more obscure projects illuminates a broader context for Californian artists who have since risen to prominence, such as McCarthy, whose work is currently on view at the Park Avenue Armory and other venues in New York.
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