Live! at the Museum: Taste of the Festival Live!


Live! at the Museum: Taste of the Festival Live! Thursday, February 12 Reception: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Please contact Laguna Beach Live! for ticket information Concert: 7:00-8:00 p.m. Free admission Presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live! Los Angeles Guitar Quartet hosts the 2015 Laguna Beach Music Festival. The group and their guests will perform short selections from upcoming concerts and talk about the inspiration behind their creative collaborations. The concert is preceded by a … [Read more...]

Matthias Merkel Hess


. Matthias Merkel Hess Blitz 2 Gallon Gas Can Glazed porcelain, 2013 6 x 7 x 10 inches Courtesy of the artist and ACME. Value: $1,500 Starting bid: $750 Minimum bid increment: $100 About the artist Sculptor, potter, maker, manufacturer, and merchandiser, Matthias Merkel Hess uses his work to disrupt traditional boundaries, adopt multiple causes, and function in the art world as a sort of trickster. His best-known work replicates plastic vessels such as milk crates and trash cans in … [Read more...]

Myung Jin Kim

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. Myung Jin Kim Still Life West Vanitas Porcelain, underglaze, and wood, 2013 8 x 10 x 14 inches Courtesy of the artist Value: $2,600 BUY IT: $1,300 (call 949.494.8971 x219) About the artist Myungjin Kim was born in South Korea and received her MFA in ceramics from Seoul National University in 2002. Soon afterwards she moved to the United States. Her work as an artist addresses the nature of human life, mainly through creations in porcelain, some bearing drawn and painted … [Read more...]

Libby Black


. Libby Black Dior Oil on canvas, 2008 10 x 8 inches Courtesy of the artist Value: $3,000 BUY IT: $1,500 (call 949.494.8971 x219) . About the artist Libby Black is a painter and sculptural installation artist living in Berkeley, CA. She has exhibited nationally, featuring in such shows as Bay Area Now 4 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; 2004 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; The Superfly Effect at the Jersey City Museum; and at … [Read more...]

Adam Silverman: Clay and Space


. October 27, 2013-January 19, 2014 In his first museum exhibition, renowned potter Adam Silverman created a series of installations ranging from displays of his pots in various settings to video pieces. The theme that ran through Adam Silverman: Clay and Space was the relation of art to nature. Silverman brings to his pottery both an architectural sensibility and a keen response to natural forms and materials—the spiral growth of sea shells, the textures of coral and barnacles, the rhythms … [Read more...]

Sea Change: Tanya Aguíñiga’s Bluebelt Forest


. . June 2, 2013-January 19, 2014. Los Angeles-based artist Tanya Aguíñiga transformed the museum’s upper level gallery into a forest of kelp, corals, barnacles, and other wonderful natural forms that one would typically find under the sea off Laguna Beach in a specially-commissioned site-specific installation. Every object in the exhibition was hand-made by the artist and her assistants using a variety of materials, especially textiles. By brilliantly recreating organic elements in … [Read more...]

Gerardo Monterrubio


. Gerardo Monterrubio Scooby WS White Fence LS Ceramic, 2013 22 x 16 x 13 inches Courtesy of the artist Value: $3,800 BUY IT: $1,900 (call 949.494.8971 x219) About the artist Gerardo Monterrubio was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. He obtained a BFA from California State University, Long Beach, where he studied Ceramic Arts under the guidance of Tony Marsh and Kristen Morgin. In 2013, he received his MFA from UCLA. Paying homage to the history of ceramics, Monterrubio’s work plays with the … [Read more...]

George Herms


. George Herms Mixed media Mixed media, 2013 15 x 15 x 13 inches Courtesy of Sue Henger Value: $7,000 BUY IT: $3,500 (call 949.494.8971 x219) . About the artist George Herms was born in 1935 in Woodland, California. From 1955 he studied at UC Berkeley with high scores in engineering though more interested in poetry and art. That year he met artist Wallace Berman and poet and printer Robert Alexander in Topanga Canyon. Meeting these artists was to be central to the development of … [Read more...]

Peter Shire


. Peter Shire Angelito Steel, aluminum, and polyester enamel, 1998-2000 13 x 10 x 6 inches Courtesy of Don Kaul Value: $3,500 BUY IT: $1,000 (call 949.494.8971 x219) About the artist Shire was born in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, where he still lives and works. Since the 1970s he has been working at the intersection where craft, fine art, and industrial design collide; he has built his career drawing freely from each area, without taking any of it too seriously. His … [Read more...]

Shepard Fairey


Shepard Fairey Vive Le Rock Hand-painted multiple, silkscreen and mixed media collage on wood, 2012 24 x 18 inches Courtesy of the artist and Obey Giant Value: $3,200 Live Auction >> Click here to visit the artist's website Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey first became known in 1989 for his “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign. Straddling fine, commercial, and street art, his work resists easy classification. He exploits the gaps between these genres to produce works … [Read more...]