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Narrative Painting in Los Angeles


From fires to freeways, earthquakes to race relations, the story of Los Angeles can be sinister, transient, and apocalyptic, but it is also opportunistic, perpetually sunny, and rooted in dreaming. Myth-making and storytelling are at the core of our creative culture and this impulse drives the Southern California painters whose work is examined at Craig Krull Gallery in the exhibition L.A. Narrative Painting.

The telling of stories through the visual arts can be traced back to the beginnings of civilization, but in recent years artists have begun to tell their stories through images, allegories and symbols as a way to investigate and communicate ideas about gender, race, and politics. You can read more about the exhibition and the history of narrative art here.

Opening reception Saturday, July 20, 5 – 7 pm; Exhibition runs through August 31