Best Of 2018

Best Artistic Argument for LSD: Distant Horizons: Pioneers of Psychedelic Art

Detail, "Hello Dali" by Isaac Abrams
click to enlarge CAL KOWAL // COURTESY OF CARL SOLWAY GALLERY
Cal Kowal // Courtesy of Carl Solway Gallery

Michael Solway, director of the Carl Solway Gallery in the West End, revisited the 1960s and found it still mind-blowingly trippy with his Distant Horizons: Pioneers of Psychedelic Art show, featuring work by Isaac Abrams, Tony Martin, Ira Cohen and the collective USCO (especially member Gerd Stern). As art history has evolved, Psychedelic art hasn’t fared as well as such rival contemporary movements as Pop, Minimalism and Conceptual. But there’s a revival/rediscovery going on nationally now, and the Solway exhibit showed why — the works had fascinating colors and design, a sense of humor (sometimes) and a sense of awe at the beauty of life and the power of expanded consciousness. Carl Solway Gallery, 424 Findlay St., West End, solwaygallery.com.