The Easel

Go to LACMA for John McLaughlin, possibly the most important postwar artist you don’t know

Artists from places other than New York can find recognition a bit harder to come by. In the case of California based John McLaughlin, he was also self-taught and a loner. His first retrospective at a major institution, 40 years after his death, supports claims that his work was path breaking, anticipating minimalism by a decade. And the subject that most inspired this contemplative work? “[T]he viewer’s act of seeing”.