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Datebook: Boxing painters, teen idols and John Altoon's short career
Datebook: Boxing painters, teen idols and John Altoon's short career

The humorously erotic works of John Altoon ... a charming documentary about a boxing painter and his put-upon wife ... art that is all about surveillance ... and the the space-age drawings of Suzanne Wright. In my weekly Datebook, I'll publish a selection of worthwhile culture events for the weekend and beyond:  John Altoon at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This is the first major retrospective for a California painter who has been very influential to other L.A. artists, even if he is not a household name. Altoon died of a heart attack at 43, cutting short a career that was filled with humor and promise. The LACMA show gathers about 70 of his paintings and drawings:...

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