Clarence Hinkle

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. June 10-October 7, 2012 "Clarence Hinkle is one of the most accomplished American painters you probably never heard of." ~ Richard Chang, The Orange County Register . Laguna Art Museum presented a retrospective of the work of Clarence Hinkle, an early twentieth-century artist who radiated the spirit of modernism. Born in Auburn, California in 1880, Hinkle was one of only a few native Californians of his generation who became nationally known artists. His education was broad and … [Read more...]

Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight

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. June 10-October 7, 2012 Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight provided a fresh perspective on the art and culture of the 1920s in Los Angeles. The Group of Eight—Mabel Alvarez, Clarence Hinkle, Henri De Kruif, John Hubbard Rich, Donna Schuster, E. Roscoe Shrader, Edouard Vysekal, and Luvena Buchanan Vysekal—exhibited several times throughout the 1920s, when modernist realism was the dominant trend across American art. Rather than focusing on plein-air landscape painting, like many artists in … [Read more...]

Abstract Classicists

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. May 29-October 28, 2012 On the upper level of the museum was a selection of works from the permanent collection featuring artists who were included in the seminal 1959 exhibition Four Abstract Classicists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The artists were Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersly, and John McLaughlin. For this occasion, works by Florence Arnold and Helen Lundeberg have also been included to acknowledge their important contributions to California … [Read more...]

ex·pose: peter bo rappmund

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. June 10-October 7, 2012 Laguna Art Museum kicked off its contemporary art program ex·pose with an exhibition of works by Peter Bo Rappmund (b. 1979). . This was Bo Rappmund's first solo exhibition at a museum. Working mainly in film, video, photography, and sound, he showed several photographs, along with three films: Psychohydrography (2010, HD, color, sound, 60 minutes); Vulgar Fractions (2011, HD, color, sound, 30 minutes); and Tectonics (2012, HD, color, sound, 60 minutes). This … [Read more...]

The Postwar Era: From the Collection, 1945-1980

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February 26-April 29, 2012 . The Southern California art scene exploded with artistic innovation and social change post-World War II. The years 1945 to 1980 saw the creation and collapse of various art movements and shaped Southern California as a major cultural force. Laguna Art Museum continued to explore the Getty’s region-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 with its own permanent collection, revealing important paintings, sculptures, and often overlooked artists f … [Read more...]

Victor Hugo Zayas: Mi Obra

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. February 26-April 29, 2012 With a mixture of passion and bold energy, Mexican-American artist Victor Hugo Zayas (b. 1961) presented his expressionistic paintings of figures, landscapes, and cityscapes, and linear, abstract sculptures in Mi Obra. Zayas, who lives and works in Los Angeles, unveiled his new sculpture series made from more than two tons of destroyed guns; he created the works as a symbol of peace in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Gun Buyback Program, w … [Read more...]