Proof: SoCal Printmaking at the Norton Simon

Oct 31, 2011

Louise Nevelson (American, 1899–1988), "Untitled," 1967

If you are at all cognizant of the arts in the greater Los Angeles Area, you have likely been made aware, repeatedly, of Pacific Standard Time, the pan Angeleno (“Pangeleno?”) celebration of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Sixty cultural institutions are participating, which is a lot, as cultural institutions are generally an unruly bunch, and getting them to collaborate, let alone on anything as potentially contentious as “the birth of the L.A. art scene,” is a lot like herding cats, which is hard.

One of Pasadena’s contributions to the show is “Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California,” on display at the Norton Simon until April 2nd. The rise of printmaking in Southern California, it turns out, begins in 1960, with the founding of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, which more or less made not just lithography, but printmaking in general, cool again. “Legitimized,” in art speak. “Proof” explores this renaissance in printmaking, its significance and potential as realized and envisioned in post-war SoCal. Sounds, we think, awesome.

Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California
October 1st – April 2nd
The Norton Simon Museum of Art
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
; 626.449.6840



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