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Craig Kauffman
September 10-October 15, 2011
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             Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The  Frank Lloyd Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition that traces the  development of Craig Kauffman's paintings from 1958 to 1964. A turning  point in modern Los Angeles art, the paintings were sparse, clean,  sensuous, yet intelligent. Kauffman absorbed influences from European  painting as well as American abstraction. Even as a teenager, Kauffman  had read Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's book The New Vision.  By 1958, he had clearly begun to work in opposition to the dominant  Abstract Expressionist mode. Kauffman has stated that his lean, lyrical  look was a personal reaction to the heavy and thick abstract painting of  the time.

In the early 1960s, after living for two years in  Europe, Kauffman began a series of work that took forms from the earlier  paintings. In small paintings on advertisements for shoes and lingerie,  the artist explored sensual abstract forms and acknowledged the  influence of Dada. He later recounted the "things I was interested in:  kind of sexual, biomorphic mixture of mechanical things."

Transferring  those images to paintings on flat plastic in 1962 and 1963, Kauffman  integrated bold line and intense color with playfully suggestive forms.  This exhibition includes works that were shown at Kauffman's 1962-3  exhibit at Ferus Gallery. Painted on the reverse of acrylic plastic and  employing flat shapes with rounded contours, the works predict the  artist's later vacuum formed pieces. As stated by art historian Susan  Larsen, "They had the sleek good looks of a well-made machine, animated  by strong sexual overtones. As such, they are late twentieth-century  counterparts to the mechanic-erotic visions of Duchamp and Picabia."

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