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New book 'Out of Sight' gives L.A.'s '60s art scene the respect its due

New book 'Out of Sight' gives L.A.'s '60s art scene the respect its due

For most of the 60 years that Los Angeles artists have been making aesthetically powerful, conceptually acute work, book publishers have generally looked the other way. Not surprisingly, it wasn't especially difficult during that time to find monographs on second- and even third-tier New York School artists or histories of parochial developments in Manhattan, center of both the art market and the publishing industry. But a book on the brilliantly hybrid paintings of John McLaughlin, who in the 1950s crossed the European geometries of Mondrian and Malevich with ma, the spatial intervals distinctive to much Japanese art since the 15th century? Forget about it. Even the assemblage...

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