Shag: The Flesh Is Willing

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October 28, 2007 - January 27, 2008 . The Flesh Is Willing combined two of the artist’s pictorial interests, nudes and purgatory, in an investigation of 50s cocktail culture and the notion of sin. . This exhibition was inspired by a trip to the Prado in Madrid, where SHAG viewed the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel in person for the first time. Bosch's work The Garden of Earthly Delights, center panel of his famous triptych depicting Paradise, Earth, and Hell, was of … [Read more...]

Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of painting

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October 28, 2007 - January 27, 2008 . Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting was a survey of this major American painter’s work. The show traced the development of Thiebaud’s signature style, but also included some of his lesser known figural and beach paintings. . Wayne Thiebaud’s recent series of beach paintings are a reflection of the painter’s youth, dating back to the 1920s and 1930s in Long Beach, California. As a teenager Thiebaud (born November 15, 1920) served as a city lifeguard, … [Read more...]

Heart and Torch: Rick Griffin’s Transcendence

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June 24 - September 30, 2007 . Heart and Torch: Rick Griffin’s Transcendence, the artist’s first major retrospective and solo museum exhibition, opened on June 24, 2007. In his art, Griffin expresses idealism and hope along with a darker side that perfectly embodied the contradictions of his era, with its mixture of hedonism, politics, and avant-garde expression, making him a cult figure that set the iconographic terrain for the 1960s and 1970s counterculture. . The exhibition, which … [Read more...]

East Coast/West Coast and Beyond

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February 25 - June 3, 2007 . Colin Campbell Cooper’s (1858-1937) career is defined by two periods: his education and maturity as an East Coast artist, and his relocation, in later years to the West Coast. Whether painting in the East or West, Cooper was lauded and heralded as a significant Impressionist artist who captured the spirit of his surroundings. Cooper visited Southern California in 1916, spending a month in San Diego. He relocated to California 1921 (and remained until his death), … [Read more...]

Jeremy Kidd: Fictional Realities

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February 25 - May 27, 2007 . Los Angeles-based artist Jeremy Kidd presented a new body of work that involved large-scale cityscape photographs composed from a patchwork of hundreds of digital images. Kidd attempts to create a more visceral experience of the landscape through his process. The work also explores both the beauty and the artificiality of our urban environments. This was Jeremy Kidd’s first museum exhibition. Co-organized by Scott Richards Contemporary Art (San Francisco) and … [Read more...]