LA///POLITIKS///MUST-SEE SHOW: ROBBIE CONAL’S “NO SPITTING, NO KIDDING” AT TRACK 16

October 31, 2008  |  art, LA, News, Politiks

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New face, old problems... 

The stunning political depravity of the past eight years in this country has spawned an equally stunning lack of political art, a fact not lost on LA artist ROBBIE CONAL, a veteran of both street art (before it even had a name) and the gallery world. A renowned painter with a lengthy teaching career at SoCal institutions like USC, UCLA and Otis College of Art and Design, Conal's work was first thrust upon the public consciousness nearly 30 years ago when he began illegally bombing the walls of Hollywood with posters bearing the images of his overtly political paintings attacking such then-newsworthy bad guys as Oliver North, Jesse Helms, and Ronald Reagan. In the process, he inadvertently inspired a generation of followers to come and set a precedent for modern public political imagery. Currently, at Santa Monica's venerable TRACK 16 gallery, a career retrospective—with absolutely stunning timing, we might add—with over 100 of the artist's most important paintings and drawings titled "No Spitting, No Kidding," is on display and should be considered an absolute must-see show before its closure after the elections next month on the 22nd of November. For those in need of more background on Mr. Conal, have a look at the LA TIMES' recent article on the man and his method HERE. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK:

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