Past Exhibitions

Emerging Masters 2017: Laguna College of Art and Design MFA Exhibition

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Emerging Masters 2017 June 11 - July 9, 2017 Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), in collaboration with Laguna Art Museum, presents Emerging Masters 2017, a diverse and impressive exhibition featuring works by recent graduates and current candidates of LCAD’s Masters of Fine Arts programs in Drawing and Painting. These creative and skilled artists are among today’s most significant emerging artists. Exhibiting Artists: Chloe Allred, Sansanee Boonyad, Elizabeth Congdon, Averi Endow, … [Read more...]

From Wendt to Thiebaud: Recent Gifts for the Permanent Collection

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From Wendt to Thiebaud: Recent Gifts for the Permanent Collection February 19 - May 29, 2017 The museum presents a selection of about eighty works of art that are recent gifts for the permanent collection, many of them displayed for the first time. Like most museums, Laguna Art Museum grows and strengthens its collection largely through works of art donated by collectors and artists. Over the past five years it has reaped the benefit of extraordinary generosity, adding museum-quality … [Read more...]

The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-55

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The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-55 February 19 - May 29, 2017 Between 1945 and 1955, a fortunate group of students at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco studied under a faculty that included some of the great photographers of the age—Ansel Adams, Minor White, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, and Lisette Model. Many of the students went on to distinguished photographic careers themselves. Accompanied by a beautiful and … [Read more...]

Stanton Macdonald-Wright: The Haiga Portfolio

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Stanton Macdonald-Wright: The Haiga Portfolio January 19 - May 29, 2017 Following World War II, this distinguished figure of the American avant-garde became fascinated by Japanese art. In 1966-67 he spent a period in Kyoto and worked with a master of traditional Japanese woodblock techniques, Clifton Karhu, to create a portfolio of twenty haiga, or illustrations to haiku poems.   … [Read more...]

Phillip K. Smith III: Bent Parallel

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Phillip K. Smith III: Bent Parallel Laguna Art Museum October 16 - January 15 Phillip K. Smith III’s monumental installation Bent Parallel envelopes viewers in light, continuing the artist's ongoing dialogue with color theory, optics, scale, and technology. Appearing as two intersecting color-field walls, the hinge-like structure merges surfaces to engender a perception of shifting and blending. It creates a third, material-less, zero-thickness plane that mixes the adjacent colors and seems … [Read more...]

Miss Hills of Laguna Beach

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Miss Hills of Laguna Beach Anna Althea Hills: Art, Education, Community Laguna Art Museum October 16 - January 15 The landscape painter Anna Althea Hills (1882–1930) was one of the highly talented artists whose presence in the community helped put Laguna Beach on the map as a premier art colony during the first decades of the twentieth century. Born in Ravenna, Ohio, she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Woman’s School of Art at Cooper Union in New York … [Read more...]

Kristin Leachman: Xylem Rays

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Kristin Leachman: Xylem Rays Laguna Art Museum October 16 - January 15 Fascinated by patterns, textures, and the seemingly chance imagery that can emerge from them, Kristin Leachman bases her latest series of paintings on the tissue that transports water from the roots of trees up to the leaves: “Conceived as mystical messages and artifacts, they are an exploration of the sinews that bind us together, both physically and metaphysically. Nature is my guide as it was for the first Angeleno … [Read more...]

The Wave Portfolio: Photographs by Anthony Friedkin

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The Wave Portfolio: Photographs by Anthony Friedkin June 26 – October 9, 2016 Renowned California photographer Anthony Friedkin made the twenty black-and-white photographs of his Wave Portfolio between 1977 and 2006, printing them in his own darkroom in Santa Monica. They show waves at Zuma Beach, Venice Beach, Hermosa Beach, La Jolla, Carmel, and Santa Monica. Friedkin is a lifelong surfer and self-styled “disciple of the sea.” In the Wave Portfolio he brings to his images a sense of both … [Read more...]

Peter Krasnow: Maverick Modernist

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  Peter Krasnow: Maverick Modernist Laguna Art Museum, June 26 to September 25, 2016 Laguna Art Museum is proud to be organizing a comprehensive exhibition of the work of the Los Angeles artist Peter Krasnow (1886–1979). Born in Ukraine, Krasnow immigrated to the United States in 1907 and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While in New York exhibiting at the Whitney Club, he met photographer Edward Weston and began a lifelong friendship. Krasnow and his … [Read more...]

Emerging Masters 2016: Laguna College of Art + Design MFA exhibit

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Emerging Masters 2016 June 19 to July 17 Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), in collaboration with Laguna Art Museum, is proud to present Emerging Masters 2016, a diverse and impressive exhibition featuring works by recent graduates and current candidates of LCAD’s Masters of Fine Arts programs in Drawing and Painting. Exhibiting Artists: Chloe Allred, Sansanee Boonyad, Trevor Christiansen, Jeff Clendenning, Mario Andrés Colón, Averi Endow, Ashley Gardner, Gavin Gardner, Kenny … [Read more...]