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March 27, 1988 | WILLIAM WILSON
It was bound to happen. About 10 years ago I was trying to figure out what I could do that was completely unlike anything going on. I was looking for something, well, dangerous. Modern art had become so safe. You could get away with anything because there were no rules. Artists could always smirk and say they were just kidding. Irony acted as a kind of safety net. I wanted to do something without a net. Classicism attracted me because you either get it right or you don't.
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March 27, 1988 | WILLIAM WILSON
It was bound to happen. About 10 years ago I was trying to figure out what I could do that was completely unlike anything going on. I was looking for something, well, dangerous. Modern art had become so safe. You could get away with anything because there were no rules. Artists could always smirk and say they were just kidding. Irony acted as a kind of safety net. I wanted to do something without a net. Classicism attracted me because you either get it right or you don't.
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September 15, 1989 | SUVAN GEER
Jon Swihart is noted as an artist of ambiguous quasi-religious narratives in miniaturized magical detail. New work inspired by a six-month residency at Monet's estate at Giverny marks a radical departure from his usual ambiguous, quasi-religious narratives. These are small, Old World landscapes in jewel-clear colors. For a taste of another place, and a more romantically perfect world, Swihart gives us postcard-sized views of vast green fields skirting low hills under rolling clouds.
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September 5, 1991 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The Spiritual Landscape," takes a poetic approach to the relationship between external reality and internal meaning. Curated by Irit Krygier for Biota Gallery, this solid group show of 21 contemporary image-makers negotiates an ambitious role for painting after photography has usurped its descriptive function.
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October 2, 1997 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A substantial group of works by six artists who happen to be friends makes for a rich, inventive exhibition at Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art. Titled "Bastards" and conceived by sculptor John Frame, this remarkable show brings together paintings, drawings and objects that have been made individually and by two-, three- and four-artist combinations of Frame, Steve Galloway, F. Scott Hess, Michael C. McMillen, Jon Swihart and Peter Zokosky, as well as by them all.
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November 27, 1987 | CATHY CURTIS
What if this nasty old world could be remade into a clean, pure, noble place to gladden the heart and lift the spirit? "Contemporary Humanism: Reconfirmation of the Figure," at Cal State Fullerton's Main Art Gallery through Dec. 10, presents four California-based artists who use their figure-painting skills to put an '80s spin on the kind of story-telling, moral-pointing canvases that fill the great museums. But the work on view, guest curated by Olivia S.
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April 11, 1998 | WILLIAM WILSON, TIMES ART CRITIC
Breaking the shackles of convention is supposed to make you feel good. According to the current exhibition at Loyola Marymount's Laband Art Gallery it doesn't always work that way. The matter at hand is "The Drawing Group--An Emerging School of Los Angeles?" It concerns the work of 13 local contemporary artists in mid-career plus local art historian-cum-draftsman Gerald M. Ackerman, who wrote the exhibition brochure.
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April 10, 1988 | ZAN DUBIN
An exhibition highlighting painter Palmer C. Hayden's contribution to American art opens Friday at the Museum of African American Art. Hayden (1890-1973) was one of the most important painters of the Harlem Renaissance, according to Samella Lewis, the museum's founder and an art historian. "Echoes of Our Past: The Narrative Artistry of Palmer C.
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November 30, 1987 | CATHY CURTIS
What if this nasty old world could be remade into a clean, pure, noble place to gladden the heart and lift the spirit? "Contemporary Humanism: Reconfirmation of the Figure," at Cal State Fullerton's Main Art Gallery through Dec. 10, presents four California-based artists who use their figure-painting skills to put an '80s spin on the kind of story-telling, moral-pointing canvases that fill the Old Masters galleries in the great museums. But the work on view, with Olivia S.
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February 16, 1990 | KRISTINE MCKENNA
"Artists' Artists" is the third in a series of exhibitions at the Long Beach Museum exploring the art of collecting. On view through March 4, this installment showcasing the collections of eight Southern California artists is a wildly eclectic grab bag full of wonderful surprises and minor masterworks. Curated by Josine Ianco-Starrels, the show isn't too surprising in that the work these artists collect is pretty much in keeping with the work they themselves make.
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