LOS ANGELES COOL
by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
Could Los Angeles art be ready for its Cinderella moment? After spending decades as a poor relation, is L.A. art finally being invited to the big art-world party in New York and Europe? It certainly seems so. In Paris last year, L.A. art triumphed in "Los Angeles: 1955-1985, Naissance d’une Capitale Artistique" at the Centre Pompidou
, featuring works by 60 artists ranging from John Baldessari
and Billy Al Bengston
to Alexis Smith
and Christopher Williams
. Angelinos had always known that their art was extraordinary and highly experimental, and now Europeans could see the evidence as well.