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Watts to Joshua Tree: A tour of Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Museum
Watts to Joshua Tree: A tour of Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Museum

The high desert wind at the edge of Joshua Tree was fierce and frigid, but the sculptures were gritty, weird and wonderful at Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Museum — which more than made up for my frozen fingertips. We arrived by bus Monday, a crew of art nerds brought together in advance of the June exhibition of Purifoy's work at the L.A. County Museum of Art. And it was a phantasmagorical display: entire structures built from bits of wood and metal, towers of bowling balls, a row of old Kirby vacuum cleaners and a gallows inspired by a Clint Eastwood flick, with Joshua Trees and cholla cactus marking all the in-between spaces. Listening to...

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