Installation photography of John McLaughlin Paintings: Total Abstraction at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (November 13, 2016–April 16, 2017), art © Estate of John McLaughlin

Last Week for John McLaughlin Paintings: Total Abstraction

April 10, 2017

Visit John McLaughlin Paintings: Total Abstraction one last time before it closes on Sunday, April 16! One of the most important artists of the postwar period, John McLaughlin (1898–1976) created a focused body of geometric paintings that are entirely devoid of any connection to everyday experience, inspired by the Japanese notion of the void. The exhibition features 52 paintings and a selection of collages and drawings that establish McLaughlin as one of the foremost innovators of total abstraction. 

Not familiar with John McLaughlin's work? Learn more about McLaughlin in this segment on CBS Sunday Morning; see the artist's oeuvre through the eyes of contemporary artists Ed Moses, Mark Grotjahn, Roy McMakin, Marcia Hafif, Tony Berlant, Tony DeLap, and James Hayward; read an essay by exhibition curator Stephanie Barron excerpted from the exhibition catalogue; and find out the story behind the Roy McMakin-designed chairs in the exhibition space.


John McLaughlin Paintings: Total Abstraction is on view in BCAM through April 16, 2017.