Museum Receives Grants for Increased Programming

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Live! at the Museum is a new programming initiative that takes place the second Thursday of every month . Museum Receives Grants for Increased Programming Laguna Art Museum recently received grants of $4,000 from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation and $10,000 from Pacific Life Foundation. Both grants will support community engagement programming at the museum on Thursday evenings. . In February 2012, then new executive director Malcolm Warner instituted new hours of operation, keeping … [Read more...]

Eugene Berman

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. Eugene Berman Pisan Fantasy Lithograph on yellow paper, 1951 Edition 85 of 100 13 1/8 x 9 5/8 inches Courtesy of Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles Value: $350.00 Starting bid: $175.00 Minimum bid increment: $25.00 . About the artist . Born in Russia and trained in Paris, Eugene Berman is known for his imaginary landscapes and architectural conceits. A leader among the Surrealist and Neo-Romantic artists, he gave expression to the mood of loneliness and isolation that emerged … [Read more...]

Eugene Berman

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. Eugene Berman Nocturnal Cathedral Lithograph on blue paper, 1951 Edition 22 of 66 12 7/8 x 9 1/8 inches Courtesy of Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles Value: $375.00 Starting bid: $200.00 Minimum bid increment: $25.00 . About the Artist . Born in Russia and trained in Paris, Eugene Berman is known for his imaginary landscapes and architectural conceits. A leader among the Surrealist and Neo-Romantic artists, he gave expression to the mood of loneliness and isolation that emerged … [Read more...]

Eugene Berman

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. Eugene Berman Nocturnal Cathedral Color lithograph, 1951 Edition 72 of 100 12 7/8 x 9 1/8 inches Courtesy of Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles Value: $475.00 Starting bid: $250.00 Minimum bid increment: $25.00 About the artist . Born in Russia and trained in Paris, Eugene Berman is known for his imaginary landscapes and architectural conceits. A leader among the Surrealist and Neo-Romantic artists, he gave expression to the mood of loneliness and isolation that emerged between … [Read more...]

Matsumi Kanemitsu

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. Matsumi Kanemitsu Homage to Henry Seldis I Color lithograph, 1978 22 1/2 x 29 inches Courtesy of Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles Value: $2,000.00 BUY IT NOW: $1,000 . About the artist . Born in the US, Matsumi (Mike) Kanemitsu, grew up in Hiroshima, Japan, and returned to the US in 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. army in 1941, but was incarcerated in a detention camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor. With art supplies provided by the American Red Cross, he began to draw with pen … [Read more...]

New Acquisition: Photographs and Films by Marcia Hafif

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. The renowned artist Marcia Hafif, who divides her time between Laguna Beach and New York, has kindly donated her photographic series Colony Kitchen and three of her films. . Before starting graduate school at the University of California, Irvine in 1969, Hafif had already made her name internationally with her subtle, largely monochromatic paintings. But on starting her MFA she decided to set painting aside and experiment with photography and film. The role she assumed in her work in these … [Read more...]

Reiffel and early California art

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Curator of Early California Art Janet Blake documents the Historical Art Council's trip to San Diego. Those of us who love early California art have been witness to several fine exhibitions in the past few months, including the Edgar Payne exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (originating at the Crocker Art Museum) and our own Clarence Hinkle exhibition, accompanied by Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight. Our permanent collection holds many significant works of early … [Read more...]

A visit to Kim MacConnel and Jean Lowe’s home and studio

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Curator of Contemporary Art Grace Kook-Anderson discusses her visit to artist's home A studio visit with husband and wife artists Kim MacConnel and Jean Lowe left me with much to look back upon. Located on a ranch land in Encinitas, there are several sections to their home and studio. The first building, a large and airy garage-like space is Jean’s studio. As you walk past the studio, you see rows of vegetables growing in their garden. Kim’s long, windowed studio is to the right, revealing … [Read more...]

Young Artists Society Gallery Reception

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Development and Outreach Associate Jennifer Gardiner recalls the success of our current exhibition, Permission to Play On opening day for the Fall 2012 exhibitions, Laguna Art Museum held a special reception for exhibitors in the Young Artists Society Gallery. There were cookies and juice boxes and adorable smiling children everywhere! The current Young Artists Society exhibition contains works from children who are part of CoachArt, a nonprofit organizations whose mission is to enhance the … [Read more...]

New Acquisition: La Vie Secrète – After Magritte by Bruce Yonemoto

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. Among several works given to the museum by Kimberly Light is a chromogenic print by Bruce Yonemoto. Born in 1949, Yonemoto is a professor of art at UC Irvine. He is known for works that reveal his interest in both art and film, especially their role in defining identity and creating illusion. He often collaborates with his older brother Norman on films, videos, and video installations. Both have received numerous awards for their work. . La Vie Secrète – After Magritte (The Secret … [Read more...]