Strange Fruit: New Paintings by Hung Liu


October 27, 2002 - February 23, 2003 . An exhibition of some 25 new works by painter Hung Liu opened at Laguna Art Museum on October 27, 2002 and ran through February 23, 2003. The exhibition, co-curated and co-organized by the Boise Art Museum and Heather Lineberry, traveled nationally. A 56-page color catalogue for the exhibition including essays by Sandy Harthorn, curator of art, Boise Art Museum, and Heather Sealy Lineberry, senior curator, ASU Art Museum, was available in the Museum … [Read more...]

In and Out of California: Travels of American Impressionists


November 3, 2002 - March 9, 2003 . The spotlight on Impressionism in California has had both positive and negative repercussions. While increased interest has led to exhibitions and books that have surveyed and, for the first time, studied artists in California during the early part of the twentieth century, it has also effectively ghettoized these artists. Even more troubling is an underlying perception by Eastern critics that West Coast artists—merely by a geographic twist of fate—were not … [Read more...]

Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing


July 28-October 6, 2002 . The origin of the art of wave riding is shrouded in mystery. Prehistoric stone carvings at Chan Chan in Peru dating back five thousand years show surfers riding caballitos (little horses): boats with upturned ends, made from bundles of reeds. These sport craft are still in use today. . Images of people riding waves can also be found at Hawaiian petroglyph sites. When the ancestors of the Hawaiians first arrived in the archipelago about four thousand years ago, they … [Read more...]

California Holiday: E. Gene Crain Collection


March 17-July 7, 2002 . This exhibition focused on the achievements of the California School, a loose association of artists based in Southern California that was part of the Depression-era American Scene movement. Rex Brandt, Phil Dike, and Millard Sheets, who were central players in the movement, figured prominently in the exhibition. While the exhibition constituted a visual history of a particular time and place, it also represented the social and aesthetic concerns of the collector E. … [Read more...]

The Chances of Andy Wing: A Retrospective


March 10-July 7, 2002 . Andy Wing first came to Laguna Beach in 1957, and has been a constant presence in the city, and in its art scene, since his arrival. Wing is one of a small group of artists in the region to have had a tremendous impact on local culture. This exhibition, The Chances of Andy Wing, was a small selection of the artist's work from the last fifty years. . Andy Wing has always been a maverick. Locating the artist’s work in terms of art history is tricky, given the fact that … [Read more...]