Purifoy at LACMA

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The late artist Noah Purifoy spent the last 15 years of his life in the Mojave desert, creating huge sculptures made of junk. Purifoy was also a big figure in L.A., as a founding director of the Watts Towers Art Center. Before moving to the desert, he was most known for a sculpture constructed from charred debris from the 1965 Watts Rebellion. That was the basis for 66 Signs of Neon, a landmark group exhibition about the riots. Now, the L.A. County Museum of Art has brought Purifoy’s more recent large-scale works out of the desert sun and inside for Angelenos to see. Madeleine takes you inside for a sneak preview.