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THE ART GALLERIES

Wilshire Center

September 12, 1986|KRISTINE MCKENNA

Tadanori Yokoo shows 28 versions of the same image in a series of recent silk screens. The central image is of a classical statue of a female nude hoisting an urn onto her shoulder while a small male cherub clutches her leg. Yokoo dresses up his icon in 28 different ways, all of which involve gobs of bright color. We see her completely obliterated by passages of impassioned brushwork, surrounded by frenetic patterning (checkerboards, floral motifs, etc.), impersonating Lady Liberty, and looking like a figure in a stained glass window. Executed on unstretched canvas that is tacked to the wall, these garish pictures attempt to resurrect the ghost of Pop Art (Warhol is, of course, the master of this style of serial imagery), even as they vie for a place in line on the Neo-Ex New Wave gravy train. (Roy Boyd, 170 S. La Brea Ave., to Sept. 1)

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