Field Notes: With "California Dreamin': Thirty Years of Collecting The Palm Springs Art Museum" closing July 30, I used this road trip make a quick detour to Palm Springs. It was a chance to see works influenced by light, political and social context, and to experience the impact of their scale. With Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” being an abstract expression response to large-scale works, and with direct ties to traditional murals, this viewing of Palm Spring’s acquisitions shows there are many connections between contemporary art and muralism to consider.
Pictured: Cruddy iPhone pic of Robert Anerson "Casualty in the Art Realm" (1979) in foreground, William T. Wiley "The Seathing" (1984) and in the far left background, Joan Brown, "After the Alcatraz Swim No. 3" (1976).
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.