Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada

Art, Sculpture
Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada
Photograph: Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy LACMA Noah Purifoy, Ode to Frank Gehry (left), 1999; 65 Aluminum Trays (right), 2002

LACMA is good at relocating massive pieces of art—rocks and otherwise—from the desert to its galleries. This summer, works from artist Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Sculpture Museum will be transported to LACMA for a special exhibition. His works are sculpture created mostly from discarded materials (hence the junk in Junk Dada). Purifoy, a CalArts graduate (before it was CalArts), WWII veteran and a longtime Angeleno who also spent a lot of time in his Joshua Tree studio in the 1980s, was one of the founders of the Watts Towers Arts Center.

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