Millard Sheets in Mexico, 1932-1942


October 29, 2006 - January 21, 2007 . Millard Sheets in Mexico, 1932-1942 explored the artist’s works from the early part of his career, during the period when he was developing the art department at Scripps College in Claremont, California. This exhibition was curated by Janet Blake. . During the decade of the 1930s through the early 1940s, Sheets often made trips to Mexico, the closest locale to Southern California that afforded an opportunity for him to experience another culture. . It … [Read more...]

OsCene 2006: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC


October 29 - January 21, 2007 . Southern California is arguably the hottest art spot in the country now and Orange County, with three million people, was able to display the depths of its talent in Laguna Art Museum’s biennial survey, OsCene 2006: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC. By spotlighting the often underestimated art of the county, The OsCene serves as a counterpoint to the Orange County Museum of Art's broader themed 2006 California Biennial that runs concurrently with The OsCene … [Read more...]

Richard Pettibone: A Retrospective


March 12 - May 28, 2006 . Richard Pettibone makes art about art. Since the early 1960s, he has appropriated works by well-known artists, scaled to the size of their reproductions in magazines such as Artforum. Following Marcel Duchamp’s logic in seeing the everyday world as a supplier of art objects, Pettibone treats all of art history as a readymade, suitable for appropriation. The keystone of Pettibone’s enterprise is his belief that Duchamp’s readymades were intended as gifts that might be … [Read more...]

F. Scott Hess: The Seven Laughters of God and Other Paintings


March 12 - May 28, 2006 . Hackett-Freedman Gallery proudly presented an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based painter F. Scott Hess. This exhibition featureed the premiere of Hess’s newest series, The Seven Laughters of God and was accompanied by a 48-page fully illustrated exhibition catalog with essays by art critic Donald Kuspit and Hess. . In his catalog essay, Donald Kuspit refers to Hess as a New Old Master, while the artist refers to himself as a reluctant realist. In any case, … [Read more...]

Hillside Homes: The Architecture of J. Lamont Langworthy


February 26 - May 21, 2006 . The economics of building has been a primary consideration. In my work, I believe that architecture should be practiced as an art form, a spacial sculpture clothed in the appropriate form and materials. The proper selection and finish of these materials and systems determine how the building will perform over the years, resulting in lower maintenance costs and graceful aging. . I firmly believe that each project has its own character; a blending of function, … [Read more...]

California Art from the Permanent Collection


March 26-September 24, 2006 . California Art from the Permanent Collection: Part II, 1930s to 1950s was the second of three successive exhibitions that focused on art from the Laguna Art Museum permanent collection, which holds works ranging from the early nineteenth century to present day. . Part II, 1930s to 1950s delved into the early development of modernism in Los Angeles. The fourteen painters and sculptors represented in Part II were: John Altoon, Edward Biberman, Dorr Bothwell, … [Read more...]