The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is pleased to present the first major retrospective of John Altoon (1925-1969), an artist whose brief but significant career unfolded in Southern California. Co-organized with the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the exhibition features approximately 70 artworks that cover the full range of Altoon’s artistic production, from the gestural abstraction of his celebrated Ocean Park paintings to the subversive style of his advertising satire and late figurative drawing. LACMA’s exhibition is curated by Carol S. Eliel, LACMA curator of modern art.
The exhibition includes approximately 70 paintings and drawings from public and private collections across the United States.
About John Altoon: Altoon, initially a commercial illustrator, developed an abstract vocabulary influenced by Expressionism, and a figurative vocabulary that reflected his commercial background. Thus, he developed a hybrid style combining abstraction with figuration. A post-modernist before his time, John Altoon had a facility with line, color, and topics that resonated and continues resonating today.
**This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University. The exhibition was supported in part by the Fellows of Contemporary Art and the Kimmel Family. Additional support was provided by the Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation.