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Stephen Keene: Miracle Half Mile: 10,000 Paintings

Main Gallery Dec 1, 2000–Jan 28, 2001

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Stephen Keene: Miracle Half Mile: 10,000 Paintings
Dec 1, 2000–Jan 28, 2001

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Stephen Keene: Miracle Half Mile: 10,000 Paintings, 2001, Installation view

Using an assembly-line, performance-based painting style, Keene produced more than 10,000 works of art for this exhibition, including benches, lanterns, and tablecloths, as well as paintings. He also set up a studio inside the Museum to let people view the performance of his painting. Keene chose images of works from catalogs of Los Angeles art collections and then duplicated them simultaneously on thirty or forty plywood boards he had set up around the gallery. The paintings were hung throughout the museum salon-style, then sold for prices ranging from $3 to $25. Keene compares his paintings to souvenirs, trading cards, and music CDs: ”It’s art, it’s cheap, and it changes your life, but the object has no status.” This was Keene’s largest show to date and his first exhibition on the West Coast.