“It seems like you love [paint] more than anybody I know,” Dennis Szakacs, the Orange County Museum of Art's director, said to artist Richard Jackson a few years ago. “I buy more of it than anybody I know!” Jackson replied. Szakacs has curated a Jackson retrospective at OCMA, “Ain't Painting a Pain.” You'll begin seeing not-subtle evidence of Jackson's excessive love as soon as you drive up. The first work is outside: Bad Dog, a 28-foot-tall black dog standing out front with its leg lifted and a splash of yellow paint sliding down the museum's side. Then inside there's one of Jackson's painting mazes — he made his first circa 1970 — an abstract painting you can walk inside, trampling over bright acrylic while you squeeze through a narrow hallway with paint-covered panels on either side. 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach; through May 5. (949) 759-1122, ocma.net.

Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 17. Continues through May 5, 2013

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