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John Altoon

American, November 5, 1925

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John Altoon

American, November 5, 1925

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In the course of his brief artistic career, John Altoon made an explosive impression on the Los Angeles art community of the 1950s and ’60s, in part because of his volatile personality. Altoon was a member of the Ferus Gallery scene, alongside Robert Irwin, Ed Kienholz, and Ed Ruscha. He produced drawings, paintings, and prints of overt satires, personal nightmares, and improbable sexual situations. In fact, Altoon frequently used his dreams and fantasies as subjects, influenced by his encounter with Surrealism in his travels through Europe. His renderings had a characteristically misty or ghostly quality, which Altoon achieved by using an airbrush to apply color.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
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Biography

In the course of his brief artistic career, John Altoon made an explosive impression on the Los Angeles art community of the 1950s and ’60s, in part because of his volatile personality. Altoon was a member of the Ferus Gallery scene, alongside Robert Irwin, Ed Kienholz, and Ed Ruscha. He produced drawings, paintings, and prints of overt satires, personal nightmares, and improbable sexual situations. In fact, Altoon frequently used his dreams and fantasies as subjects, influenced by his encounter with Surrealism in his travels through Europe. His renderings had a characteristically misty or ghostly quality, which Altoon achieved by using an airbrush to apply color.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
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