Hans Burkhardt: Paintings of the 1960s
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Los Angeles

Hans Burkhardt spent most of his career in Los Angeles. But his abstract paintings, especially those made during the 1960s, have little of the light or air typically associated with West Coast painters of the era. These death-haunted images draw their expressive textures from techniques developed working in 1930s New York, and their morbid mood from Mexican influences he encountered while repairing south to paint. One painting turns the red circle on a box of Lucky Strike cigarettes into a festering sore. Several Vietnam-themed works that incorporate actual human skulls are not only striking but downright scary. 357 N. La Brea Ave., through Dec. 24. Prices range from $20,000 to $2 million.