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Jay Defeo at the Orange County Museum of Art

One of the recurring themes in California art over the past century is the relationship between abstraction and landscape. Particularly in Southern California, a deep schism opened up in the 1930s between naturalist landscape painters and those of a more modernist inclination, and the breach has never entirely healed. This exhibition, drawn entirely from OCMA’s collection, explores ways in which artists from the West Coast have played a role in transforming landscape into abstraction and then back again.  The exhibition will be on view from December 15th to March 2nd, 2014.

California Landscape into Abstraction: Works from the Orange County Museum of Art is organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and curated by Chief Curator Dan Cameron.