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Connor Everts dies at 88; artist's work was focus of 1960s obscenity trial

Connor Everts dies at 88; artist's work was focus of 1960s obscenity trial

Connor Everts, a Los Angeles-area artist and former longshoreman whose sociopolitical art was the subject of a 1960s obscenity trial, died Sunday at his Torrance home. He was 88.

The cause was not disclosed.

Everts completed his early work at night after working full days on the docks. His career was punctuated by jaunts abroad and by controversy: In 1964, sheriff's deputies arrested him for having produced a poster displayed in a store window on La Cienega Boulevard.

They said its depiction of a womb and face was a violation of state obscenity laws.

The ensuing court case became a local cause celebre as fellow artists and progressives rallied to Everts' side. A...

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