Curator Elizabeth Armstrong speculates that California cool was, in part, a reaction against East Coast angst. Painter John McLaughlin, Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, and Frederick Hammersley, a disparate group of California painters, plus Feitelson's wife, Helen Lundeberg, make up Armstrong's argument for cool art.
From left, Benjamin's "Red Blue Pink," "Black Pillars," and "Totem Group IV."
(David Kamerman/Globe Staff)
Read The Globe's art review by Cate McQuaid Exhibit captures California's midcentury style