Crash in Phthalo Green, 1984
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of the 1992 Collectors Committee
Oil on canvas, 42 x 72 in.
The abstracted yet kinetic forms in his canvas depict a spectacular high-speed fiery car crash on a Los Angeles freeway under a seductively radiant California sky. In his iconic image of car culture in Southern California, Almaraz probes the unsettling psychology of the innate human fascination with images of catastrophe and violence.