Beauty never did become the big issue that the critic Dave Hickey, a decade ago, so eloquently predicted it would. Yet the pursuit of beauty remains an urgent motivation for many artists -- Carrie Yamaoka, for one. The beauty in Ms. Yamaoka's medium-to-small-size paintings is of a purely sensual sort that calls to mind California Fetish Finish, but without the look of machine-made perfection. . . . In time-honored Modernist style (think Robert Ryman), Ms. Yamaoka also toys with the physical support, calling attention to the painting as a hand-made object. . . .
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*This is a virtual event.*
Modern educators lead a family-oriented project via a short instructional video designed in relation to works in the Modern’s permanent collection and the special exhibition Mark Bradford: End Papers. New videos will be released at 4 pm on the second and third Wednesdays of each month.
*Links to the videos will be posted here.*