June 8, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Traveled to: Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University

Fellows of Contemporary Art awarded a Special Exhibitions Award to Carol Eliel, Curator of Modern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ms Eliel was selected for this award for her exhibition JOHN ALTOON which opened at LACMA on June 8, 2014.

JOHN ALTOON was the first major retrospective devoted to this under-known, yet influential artist whose brief career unfolded largely in Southern California from the mid‑1950s until his unexpected death in 1969 at age 43. The exhibition considered Altoon’s career through both paintings and drawings, which formed an integral part of his practice, and included approximately 70 works. In contrast to earlier, smaller shows that examined Altoon in the context of Abstract Expressionism, this retrospective not only considered Altoon’s relationship to his predecessors and his peers but also investigated his ongoing influence on and relationship to later generations of artists.

JOHN ALTOON was on view at LACMA from June 8, 2014 through September 14, 2014. The exhibition traveled to the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and was view there from October 8, 2014 to December 21, 2014.

The exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Rose Art Museum at 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.

Catalogue Essay Authors

Carol Eliel
Paul McCarthyartist
Monica Majoliartist
Laura Owensartist
Monique Prietoartist
Barbara T. Smithartist


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