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Golden West? Jan Sawka’s California Dream

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Golden West?

Golden West? Jan Sawka's California Dream

While growing up in communist Poland, Jan Sawka dreamed of the United States. He sought information and inspiration for those dreams from every source available. The vivid colors of the sumptuously printed magazine AMERYKA made a huge impression on his imagination. This contrasted with the dark visions of the American New Wave films, which were among the only films the communists allowed in cinemas, with the intention of portraying the West as a corrupt and dysfunctional world. This exhibition of paintings and works on paper focuses on the theme of California/America as a land of problematic promise.

A special thank you to the exhibition sponsors: Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

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