Sandow Birk: In Smog and Thunder: Historical Works from the “Great War” of the Californias

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April 15–July 9, 2000 Drawing inspiration from the ever-present rivalry between the two major cities of California and from contemporary political events, Sandow Birk’s In Smog and Thunder: Historical Works from the Great War of the Californias was a detailed portrayal of a fictional war between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Thick with parody, satire, and astute social commentary, Birk appropriated iconic compositions and painting styles from the past to make commentaries on contemporary life … [Read more...]