FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor
June 22 October 5, 2008
307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Top left: Robert Williams, In the Land of Retinal Delights (detail), 1968. Oil on canvas. Collection of Mark Parker
Top Right: Laurie Hogin, Indicator Species, 2005. Oil on canvas. Collection of Cynthia and Michael Sitton
Left: Mark Ryden, The Creatrix (detail), 2005. Oil on canvas. Collection of Mark Parker
Right: Miriam Wosk, It Flows Everywhere Out of Itself (detail), 2005. Paper collage with crystals. Courtesy of the Artist and Billy Shire Fine Arts.
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor is an exhibition that presents the work of approximately one hundred and fifty artists and posits that there has been a huge, but unacknowledged, art movement taking place in this country for the last forty years. Since 1994, this ground swelling of lowbrow, surrealistic, pop, figurative, and narrative work has coalesced and found a voice in the pages of Juxtapoz magazine published in San Francisco. This “rag” has become the most widely read art magazine in the U.S. It is an influencing force on the aspiring artists of generation Y and the millenials, who are now enrolling in art schools in numbers never before seen.
Juxtapoz magazine was founded by Los Angeles artist Robert Williams. The “Juxtapoz aesthetic or lowbrow art” is almost always figurative and is inspired by movies, TV, advertising, black-velvet painting, psychedelic posters, pulp porn, sci-fi and horror, carnival art, comics books and all things lower and middle class. The magazine has and does provide a voice and validation for a brand of artist, like Williams, who has not been accepted traditionally by the typical art-world infrastructure of collector, curator, and critic. However, since its founding, it has been the inspiration for the creation of its own infrastructure supported by Juxtapozian art galleries (in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York), collectors, critical attention, and museum exhibitions at adventurous institutions. Since the mid 1990s, with its growing success, Juxtapoz has been a major contributor to the acceptance of painting again as a valid practice for artists, countering forty years of art school canon, which focused on the conceptual practice of context, collectivization, and dematerialization of the art object.
For the last decade the art establishment (collector, curator, critic) has argued that the idea, or construct, of an art movement is outmoded. This exhibition explores the idea of the “Juxtapoz Factor.” Is it an organized movement operating under a singular manifesto? Or is it a wave of talented overlooked artists who decided to reach out to the public and create their own canon?
This exhibition is organized by Laguna Art Museum and curated by Meg Linton, director of the Ben Maltz Gallery and Public Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalog designed by Mark Murphy with essays by Meg Linton and Bolton Colburn.
Hurley will also be releasing a limited edition run of t-shirts featuring select artists from the exhibition. All items will be available at the Museum store.
Exhibition features strong graphic content and may not be suitable for children.
Artists included in this exhibition:
Ray Martín Abeyta
Einar and Jamex de la Torre
Camille Rose Garcia
Don Ed Hardy
F. Scott Hess
Michael C. McMillen
Ed "Big Daddy" Roth
Kathy Staico Schorr
R. K. Sloane
Craig Stecyk III
Mark Dean Veca
S. Clay Wilson
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsor:
Additional Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by:
Bernie Chase, Symbolic Gallery: Collection
Billy Shire Fine Arts/La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
The DiCaprio Family would like to acknowledge Robert Williams for his sight and insight in this world and the next one over.
Copro/Nason Gallery, Culver City
Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City
Debra Jacobson/ L'Imagerie Gallery, North Hollywood
MiShell and Jay Nailor/ M Modern Gallery
Robert Berman Gallery
Stuart Spence and Judy-Vida Spence
About Laguna Art Museum
Laguna Art Museum is well known for breaking new ground in the study of American art and popular culture from a West Coast perspective. The eclectic mix of artists featured reflect the Museum’s unique exhibition schedule which presents a blending of historical, contemporary, and popular culture exhibitions throughout the year. Laguna Art Museum’s exhibitions, which travel nationally and internationally, are accompanied by publications exemplifying the scholarship of the Museum’s staff and associates and are valuable reference works on the history of art and culture in the United States.
Upcoming Exhibitions at Laguna Art Museum
Las Vegas Diaspora: The Emergence of Contemporary Art from the Neon Homeland | March 9 June 1, 2008
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor | June 22 October 5, 2008
In Nature’s Temple: The Life and Art of William Wendt | November 9, 2008 February 8, 2009
Roger Kuntz: The Shadow Between Representation and Abstraction | March 8 June 7, 2009
Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.
Monday through Sunday: 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
First Thursday of the month: 11:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m.
SPECIAL SUMMER HOURS:
JUNE 22 AUGUST 31 ONLY
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m.
Sat and Sun: 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
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