In Nature’s Temple

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November 9, 2008 - February 8, 2009 . In Nature's Temple: The Life and Art of William Wendt was the first full-scale retrospective on the art of William Wendt. In 1912 William Wendt was elected an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design, the same year that he built a studio-home in Laguna Beach. In many ways, Wendt represented the essential nature of California Impressionism both stylistically and ideologically. No other California Impressionist so consistently essayed the sweeping, … [Read more...]

In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor

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June 22 - October 5, 2008 . In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor was an exhibition that presented the work of 150 artists and posited that there has been a huge, but unacknowledged art movement taking place in this country for the last 40 years. Since 1994, this ground swelling of lowbrow, surrealistic, pop, figurative, narrative work has coalesced and found a voice in the pages of Juxtapoz magazine published in San Francisco. This rag has become the most widely read art … [Read more...]

Las Vegas Diaspora: Emergence of Contemporary Art from the Neon Homeland

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March 9, 2008 - June 1, 2008 . Las Vegas Diaspora: The Emergence of Contemporary Art from the Neon Homeland traveled to Laguna Art Museum from its premiere at the Las Vegas Art Museum. Organized by the well-respected art critic and curator Dave Hickey, this exhibition celebrated the work of twenty-six artists who received their degrees from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada (UNLV). All of the featured artists studied with Hickey between 1990 and 2001, when Hickey taught art theory and … [Read more...]