Best Art Museum Orange County 2008 - The Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
This is one of the most eclectic exhibit venues in Southern California, and its shows are almost always worth a visit. Recently, it has presented career retrospectives of underrated Pop artist Wayne Thiebaud, loco local boy Shag and hippie-graphics great Rick Griffin. But the just-concluded exhibit "In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor" went to a whole new level. The show offered a sprawling showcase for Lowbrow art, championed in the pages of Robert Williams' Juxtapoz magazine. Featuring approximately 150 of the movement's most celebrated artists—everybody from Mark Ryden to Elizabeth McGrath to Williams himself—it was an exhibit that'll be written about in textbooks decades from now, when today's wild, kooky art-world outsiders have become the establishment for a new generation of angry loners to rail against.