ARTS & CULTURE

Robbie Conal's 'The Missing Link' at the Country Club, Los Angeles

11/19/2010 01:23 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WHO: Robbie Conal

WHAT: The Missing Link

WHEN: November 18 -- December 22, 2010

WHERE: Country Club | Los Angeles
805 S Genesee Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA.

WHY: Throughout the 1990s in Los Angeles, Robbie Conal's zombified posters of Bill Clinton served as stark and well-designed critiques of the President. They were plastered on mail drops and on-ramps and served as proof of a lingering 1960s spirit. Well, sort of. Conal's works had that old-fashioned dissent, sure, but came with none of the traditional naïveté, portraying their subjects with harsh and unflattering lines. The Missing Link, a new show in Los Angeles, presents images from his career as the pre-eminent political artist of the 1990s.

In addition to the politically charged paintings and drawings made for his infamous guerrilla poster campaigns, the exhibit will draw upon Conal's lifelong love of baseball, and will include more recent works depicting skeletal figures playing America's pastime. Also on exhibit will be a grouping of smaller scale skull and text paintings from a new series entitled Knuckleheads. For the past fifteen years, Conal has also focused on a body of work he calls "decade" paintings - painstakingly detailed large scale works satirizing American political and cultural history from the past six decades.

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