“Left Coast, Third Coast” Exhibition

George Adams Gallery

poster for “Left Coast, Third Coast” Exhibition

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The connection between the artists from these two regions is neither casual nor accidental. Many of the Californians exhibited regularly in galleries in Chicago (for example, Arneson, Chagoya, Colescott, DeForest, Saul) or spent their formative years there (Treiman). And many of the Chicagoans themselves had significant West Coast connections (notably Lanyon, Nilsson, Nutt, and Westermann). Whatever the connection, they all share an iconoclastic outlook toward making art that seems indifferent, even antithetical, to the concept of “High Art” that might be produced on the East Coast or elsewhere. Their palettes are discordant, their patterns strident, their realism distorted, their imagery psychedelic, and their politics blunt. They are unable to remain objective; instead they flaunt their disenchantments and lack of polish, they relish the opportunity to confront the notion of good and bad taste and celebrate art that is neither polite or easily appealing.


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