Pond·ering sixty years of art history

Sixty years, more or less one generation, brought us from Monet to Almaraz. To my eye, two works aligned in hot harmony. Above, the majestic vision of Los Angeles painter Carlos Almaraz, in his reconstituted four-panel Echo Park Lake (1982) — now on rare display at LACMA, as part of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. (Our review of the Almaraz show here.)

And below, painted sixty years prior, Claude Monet’s Waterlilies (1922), recently viewed at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art as part of the museum’s superlative permanent collection.

Playing With Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz | LACMA | thru Dec 3

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