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OCMA and LACMA Are Both Planning John McLaughlin Retrospectives. Whoops.

This is kind of a new one: On Wednesday, the Orange County Museum of Art revealed its plans for a retrospective show of the paintings of John McLaughlin, a Los Angeles-based artist who was entirely self-taught, lauded once upon a time and then kind of forgotten. So, great, right? Yeah, except for that LACMA is already in the middle of planning a McLaughlin retrospective – and OCMA knew about it. Is this the legacy of “Pacific Standard Time”, a lot of sniping about who gets to lay claim to which area of recent West Coast art history? It might be, although it’s also dragged a lot of heretofore undersung artists back into the limelight, which is rarely a bad thing. (Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times)

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