“Made in California: Art, Image and Identity” isn’t going to win any awards for curatorial conciseness, but that shouldn‘t stop us from having a good time. In these days of excessive rationalization, it’s easy to forget that the art precedes the curatorial premise, and that while the object might gain from savvy juxtapositions and insightful text-panel analogies, it can seldom lose from their opposite -- as long as the viewer trusts his instincts.
Next week: We follow Eleanor Antin‘s The Freebooters installation on a detailed journey through LACMA’s permanent collection . . . KIDDING!