Phil Dike: At the Edge of the Sea

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Phil Dike: At the Edge of the Sea June 25 - September 24, 2017 Philip Latimer Dike (1906–1990) grew up in Redlands, California, and studied at the Chouinard School of Art from 1924 to 1927. There, he met artist Millard Sheets, who would become a lifelong friend. Dike went to New York in 1929 to study at the Art Students League, and also studied in the studio of artist George Luks and exhibited at the New York Water Color Club. He returned to Los Angeles and taught at Chouinard for a year … [Read more...]

Ben Messick: Memories of Los Angeles

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Ben Messick: Memories of Los Angeles June 25 - September 24, 2017 Ben Messick (1891-1981) is celebrated for his images of life in Los Angeles during the years of the Great Depression and World War II. He grew up in the Missouri Ozarks, served in France in World War I, studied at the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles from 1925 to 1930, and later taught there. Through most of the 1930s and 1940s Messick lived in a studio apartment at 2600 West 8th Street, and everyday scenes in the … [Read more...]

Selections from the Permanent Collection, with Guests

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Selections from the Permanent Collection, with Guests June 25 - September 17, 2017 The museum regularly presents changing selections from its own collection. On occasion, we borrow pieces from other collections to add an extra dimension, and this time we are grateful for loans from Michael Ray, Gary and Lindy Dinkin, Charles Arnoldi, Pamela Banks, and another lender who wishes to remain anonymous. The works are installed so as to present a different theme on each of the four sides of the … [Read more...]

Emerging Masters 2017: Laguna College of Art and Design MFA Exhibition

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Emerging Masters 2017 June 11 - July 9, 2017 Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), in collaboration with Laguna Art Museum, presents Emerging Masters 2017, a diverse and impressive exhibition featuring works by recent graduates and current candidates of LCAD’s Masters of Fine Arts programs in Drawing and Painting. These creative and skilled artists are among today’s most significant emerging artists. Exhibiting Artists: Chloe Allred, Sansanee Boonyad, Elizabeth Congdon, Averi Endow, … [Read more...]

From Wendt to Thiebaud: Recent Gifts for the Permanent Collection

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From Wendt to Thiebaud: Recent Gifts for the Permanent Collection February 19 - May 29, 2017 The museum presents a selection of about eighty works of art that are recent gifts for the permanent collection, many of them displayed for the first time. Like most museums, Laguna Art Museum grows and strengthens its collection largely through works of art donated by collectors and artists. Over the past five years it has reaped the benefit of extraordinary generosity, adding museum-quality … [Read more...]

The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-55

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The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-55 February 19 - May 29, 2017 Between 1945 and 1955, a fortunate group of students at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco studied under a faculty that included some of the great photographers of the age—Ansel Adams, Minor White, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, and Lisette Model. Many of the students went on to distinguished photographic careers themselves. Accompanied by a beautiful and … [Read more...]

Stanton Macdonald-Wright: The Haiga Portfolio

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Stanton Macdonald-Wright: The Haiga Portfolio January 19 - May 29, 2017 Following World War II, this distinguished figure of the American avant-garde became fascinated by Japanese art. In 1966-67 he spent a period in Kyoto and worked with a master of traditional Japanese woodblock techniques, Clifton Karhu, to create a portfolio of twenty haiga, or illustrations to haiku poems.   … [Read more...]