El Segundo Has "The Masked Singer" of Kunsthalles
|Ralph Goings, Salt Shaker, 2001|
ESMoA's just-opened exhibition, "Eat," takes the title as a pretext to juxtapose Last Suppers, still-lifes, Greek vases, and conceptual food-prank videos. For those who must have big names, the artists span Albrecht Dürer, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, and Jo Ann Callis. But "Eat" is more interesting for its disregard of canons or curatorial rigor. In lieu of labels, gallery iPads offer number-keyed information on artworks. But the process is a too cumbersome to do it for every work. The visitor is forced to use his/her own eye and (given the wide range of "quality") to reconsider what that scare-quote term might mean.
A standout work is one of the smallest on view, a painting of a Salt Shaker (2001) by Ralph Goings, the pioneering Photorealist. As Goings explained,
"In 1963 I wanted to start painting again but I decided I wasn't going to do abstract pictures. It occurred to me that I should go as far to the opposite as I could… To copy a photograph literally was considered a bad thing to do. It went against all of my art school training… That gave me encouragement in a perverse way, because I was delighted to be doing something that was really upsetting people…"
|Marco Reichert, Strawberry Cake, 2009|
|Louis Léopold Robert, Summer Reapers Arriving in the Pontine Marshes, 1831 (Louvre version)|
Now Summer Reapers hangs in El Segundo, across from a painting of corn on the cob by Carole Bayer Sager, songwriter of "A Groovy Kind of Love." That's how ESMoA works, and there's nothing quite like it.
|Last Suppers by Matthias Galvez (2009), an unknown 16th-century German painter, and Albrecht Dürer (1523). In the foreground is Patrick Martinez's 25 and still alive (2016)|
|Christoffel van der Laemen, Merry Company, 17th century|
|Wayne Thiebaud, untitled pastel, 1964|
|Marc Trujillo, LH457, 2016 (oil on panel)|
|Patrick Martinez, American melting pot 2 (pinoy pupusas), 2013. (The sign promises a Filipino interpretation of the El Salvadoran dumpling)|