Helen Lundeberg, Untitled, 1960

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Untitled Acrylic on canvas, 1960 Gift of The Feitelson/Lundeberg Art Foundation 2014.012 Helen Lundeberg was one of the most important California modernist painters of the twentieth century. In the 1930s, with her teacher and later husband Lorser Feitelson, she organized the first Surrealist movement in the United States and wrote its manifesto. By the late 1950s, she had simplified her style into large flat areas of color bordered by crisp edges. Though clearly a major force in the … [Read more...]

Peter Shelton, Tweedledum, 1988-89

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Peter Shelton American, b. 1951 Tweedledum Bronze, unique cast, 1988-89 Gift of Phyllis and John Kleinberg 2014.013.002 Peter Shelton has been a force in contemporary sculpture since graduating from the MFA program at UCLA in 1979. Tweedledum is characteristic of his work in being abstract yet making a fairly clear reference to the human body—a corpulent midriff with the suggestion of stumpy legs beneath. Tweedledum and his brother Tweedledee are among the curious characters Lewis … [Read more...]

Billy Al Bengston, Untitled

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Untitled Oil on canvas, 1957 48 x 48 inches Gift of John and Phyllis Kleinberg 2014.013.001 Like many young painters in California in the 1950s, Billy Al Bengston came under the spell of the Abstract Expressionist movement emanating from New York. A number of them, including Bengston, John Altoon, and Craig Kauffman, formed a wildly exuberant cohort associated with the Ferus Gallery, which opened in Los Angeles in 1957. A photograph shows this typically gestural painting hanging in the … [Read more...]

Job Opportunity: Membership & Development Officer

Membership & Development Officer General description: This position coordinates and manages the museum’s membership scheme as well as other vital tasks associated with development and key events at the museum. Reporting responsibilities: Deputy Director for Advancement Supervisory Responsibilities: none FLSA Status: Exempt (professional), full-time Essential Tasks: The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of time spent in this position. Additional related … [Read more...]

Museum Announces Summer Exhibitions

Museum Announces Summer Exhibitions June 28-September 27, 2015 This summer Laguna Art Museum presents two important exhibitions by artists with deep connections to California. Marcia Hafif: From the Inventory Laguna Art Museum presents an in-depth look at the recent work of internationally-known artist Marcia Hafif. Coming on the heels of Hafif’s inclusion in the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. biennial group exhibition, Marcia Hafif: From the Inventory will bring greater awareness of her … [Read more...]