Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston and Eric Orr are widely known in the art world, but little has ever been mentioned of the work they did for Spanish print workshop Poligrafa Obra Grafica in 1988. They, along with five other Los Angeles artists, were asked by the respected studio to come to Barcelona and make their own works based on their time there. What resulted was a long-forgotten series of prints and lithographs that are currently being rediscovered at Laguna Art Museum's In Barcelona exhibition. Here, their signature, abstract styles are affected by the culture and warmth of the city: Ruscha's block shapes are softened by forms and silhouettes, Bengston's geometric lines pay homage to Spanish architecture, and Orr's red gradient hint at the Barcelona sky after dusk. While you might find these prints fascinating, don't be surprised if they give you a touch of wanderlust as well.
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Aimee Murillo is calendar editor and frequently covers the Orange County DIY music scene, film, arts, Latino culture and currently pens the long-running column Trendzilla. Born, raised, and based in Santa Ana, she loves bad movies, punk shows, raising her plants, eating tacos, Selena, and puns.