Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971

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. . October 30, 2011 - January 22, 2012 UC Irvine was a hotbed of creativity and experimentation in the 1960s and early '70s, a hub of innovation where exceptional teachers such as Tony DeLap, Robert Irwin, and Vija Celmins taught talented students like Alexis Smith, Chris Burden, and Nancy Buchanan. All but forgotten in the intervening years, this exceptional time and place was recovered at Laguna Art Museum in Best Kept Secret. . . Often overlooked in art history, University of … [Read more...]

Noguchi: California Legacy

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. June 12-October 2, 2011 Isamu Noguchi (b. Los Angeles, 1904; d. New York, 1988) is an internationally celebrated Japanese-American artist and designer. Noguchi: California Legacy was comprised of three parts that examined the impact Noguchi had in California: 1) California Scenario: The Courage of the Imagination based on Noguchi’s South Coast Plaza sculpture garden commissioned by Henry T. Segerstrom thirty years ago; 2) What is Sculpture? Akari from the Venice Biennale, from the 1986 … [Read more...]

Lita Albuquerque: Emergence

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. June 12-October 2, 2011 Upstairs Gallery . Emergence examined two series of works by Lita Albuquerque: Red Pigment Paintings and Beekeeper. Both projects began in 2005. Emergence looked at essentially two works in which complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple processes or actions. . Red Pigment Paintings are created with pure powder pigments—a medium used by Albuquerque since the 1970s—blown onto panels by wind or Albuquerque’s own breath. Employing … [Read more...]

Landscape and Figuration from the Collection: Early to Mid-Twentieth Century

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. February 27-October 9, 2011 Landscape and Figuration from the Collection featured exemplar twentieth century works from the permanent collection ranging from impressionism to modernism. Works from the early part of the century included several of the museum’s popular impressionist paintings, among them The Old Post Office (c. 1922–23) by Joseph Kleitsch and Golden Morrow (1931) by Granville Redmond. The exhibition also featured works by artists who aligned themselves with a more modernist … [Read more...]

Extract: Developing Exhibitions from the Collection

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February 27-May 15, 2011 Ryan Wirick of Laguna Beach Patch said of Extract: "It would be difficult not to be moved in some unexpected way." . Laguna Art Museum's permanent collection reflects both California's historical interaction with its artists and the museum's own idiosyncratic history. Founded ninety-three years ago as an "artists' space" to showcase recent art, the Laguna Beach Art Association matured in the 1940s into a collecting institution that, since 1972, has developed into a … [Read more...]

Brad Coleman: Reproductions

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February 13-May 15, 2011 Upstairs Gallery . Brad Coleman: Reproductions was an attentive look at one series of drawings, Coleman's Sheep series. Upon first glance, the upper gallery appeared to be occupied by twelve identical drawings of one sheep image. However, it was with careful observation, that viewers began to see differences in each drawing and eventually saw a noticeable difference between the first and last drawing. . . Inspired by Dolly, the world's famously cloned sheep in … [Read more...]

John Paul Jones

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October 31, 2010-January 23, 2011 John Paul Jones (1924-1999) was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and arts educator. First gaining national recognition in the 1960s with his figurative prints, drawings, and paintings, Jones turned to spare sculptural work in the 1980s. Jones received his bachelor's and master's of fine arts degrees at the University of Iowa, where he studied printmaking, and later taught. In 1953, he was recruited to the University of California in Los Angeles to set up a … [Read more...]