Celia Paul at the Huntington
|Celia Paul, Rosebush, Magdalene Garden, 2017|
|Before: Alex Israel murals, 2015|
|After: "Celia Paul"|
|Celia Paul, The Brontë Parsonage (with Charlotte's Pine and Emily's Path to the Moors), 2017|
From San Marino to Boston, Gilded Age museums are exploring ways to stay relevant as time and demographics move on. Institutions that don't collect contemporary art can't generally afford to have curators specializing in it. Too often the attempts to show contemporary art are tone-deaf. "Celia Paul" (through July 8, 2019) is interesting not only on its own merit but as a way forward. New Yorker critic Hilton Als curated the exhibition for the Yale Center for British Art. The Huntington took it on, and that makes perfect sense. Contemporary British art is shown only sporadically in L.A. "Celia Paul" augments rather than follows the offerings of the city's contemporary museums.