“The Pieces of Me: L.A. GOAL,” a new exhibit at Los Angeles’s Skirball Cultural Center, inverts the challenge of most contemporary art shows.
Typically, genre-defying works by important-to-know names hang on a blank wall, demanding interpretation. A brief scholarly paragraph may accompany selected pieces, but the viewer must summon their own aesthetic lexicon to construct meaning and take something away from the experience. With “The Pieces of Me,” however, it is the unknown and non-professional artists who overcame significant obstacles to expression and interpretation — not by wooing curators or cultivating rarefied talents, but simply by working through developmental and perceptual disabilities to produce, at times, exceptional works.
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