A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American Art

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November 6, 2005 - February 26, 2006 . A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American Art featured the recent work of fifteen North American artists who deployed a range of figurative and narrative modes in painting, sculpture and mixed media. As artists who matured in the Post-Modern milieu of the late twentieth century, they pondered the meaning of human embodiment by rendering states of physical, mental and spiritual brokenness. The result is often an upending … [Read more...]

Ruby Osorio: Story of a Girl (Who Awakes Far, Far Away)

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October 30, 2005 - February 19, 2006 . Ruby Osorio (b. 1974, Los Angeles, California) Lives and works in Los Angeles . In her first solo museum exhibition, Los Angeles-based artist Ruby Osorio created an enchanting, magical environment based on her unique drawings and works on paper. A series of gouache paintings, which incorporated thread and ink and are often hand-cut, presented this young artist’s exploration into female identity and its construction through whimsy with a punch.  Osorio … [Read more...]

While Pollock Was Sleeping: Bay Area Abstract Expressionism from the Blair Collection

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July 31 - October 2, 2005 . In the San Francisco Bay Area, the avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s was composed of a cadre of artists engaged in the preeminent artistic movement of the post-war era, Abstract Expressionism. During the post-war era of the 1950s and 1960s, West Coast artists, particularly those in California, helped shape a major trend in Modern art for the first time. In this vein, the Blair Collection affords an opportunity to reexamine theses California contributions to … [Read more...]

Surf Culture Redux

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July 3 - October 2, 2005 . This exhibition was a re-configuration of the Museum’s most well attended show in its history, Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing. This exhibition was presented at the Museum in summer 2002 and then traveled the U.S. and Australia to four other venues. Originally, the exhibition at Laguna Art Museum covered all three floors, or nearly 8,000 square feet. The reinstallation was a smaller version presented in one of the large galleries on the main floor of the … [Read more...]

Laguna’s Hidden Treasures: Art from Private Collections

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March 13 - July 10, 2005 . Laguna’s Hidden Treasures: Art from Private Collections presented eighty works of art by eighty artists from thirty-seven collections in Laguna Beach and vicinity. The exhibition was in part a celebration of the collecting strength in a city and its citizens, which have been supportive of the arts since the early 1900s when Laguna Beach developed into a significant American artist colony. Due to limited space, collectors in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, further … [Read more...]

Paul Paiement: Hybrids 1.0 – 3.5

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March 13 - July 10, 2005 . Paul Paiement: Hybrids 1.0 - 3.5 was a five-year mini-survey of this Los Angeles-based painter. Acting at once as a painter, scientist, and entomologist, Paul Paiement created a unique wonderland by combining common everyday consumer objects into an über-species of colorful bugs, butterflies, praying mantises, and more. . Employing the age-old technique of egg tempera, Paiement skillfully played with ideas of manipulation and mass production, whereby his subjects … [Read more...]