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Datebook: J.M.W. Turner's late work, African portraiture, lowbrow pin-ups
Datebook: J.M.W. Turner's late work, African portraiture, lowbrow pin-ups

The painted dramas of Mr. Turner. A play about Tokyo Rose. And the architectural images of an award-winning photographer. Plus: an influential African portraitist, two exhibitions about Afrofuturism and a show inspired by objects at an estate sale. Here’s what’s happening in the Southland this week:  “J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free,” at the Getty Center. Mike Leigh’s Oscar-nominated film “Mr. Turner” has generated a lot of interest in the 19th century maritime painter. And for good reason: His canvases were expressive explosions of color and light at a time when many paintings were still pretty darn literal. Even to this day, their power...

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