Wayne Thiebaud Gifts Painting and Prints to Museum’s Collection

Legendary Artist Wayne Thiebaud Gifts Painting and Prints to Laguna Art Museum’s Collection

James Cuno, Wayne Thiebaud with his California Art Award, and Malcolm Warner

On October 12, artist Wayne Thiebaud donated a painting and a group of six prints to Laguna Art Museum on the occasion of the presentation to him of the museum’s California Art Award. The award recognizes the extraordinary part he has played in raising the reputation and appreciation of California art, nationally and internationally. It was presented to Thiebaud by President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust James Cuno at an award dinner at the museum on October 12.

Jolly Cones, c. 2002, gift of the artist, art © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.  The painting is currently on display in the museum’s upper level gallery. 

The centerpiece of the gift is the oil painting Jolly Cones (c. 2002), in which a pair of upside-down ice creams become cherry-nosed characters in conical hats. Another version of the composition was the New Yorker magazine’s cover image in August 2002. In that version both ice creams are vanilla whereas in Laguna Art Museum’s they are vanilla and strawberry.
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The prints in the gift, which range in date from 1964 to 2012, give a sense of Thiebaud’s longstanding passion for printmaking and his mastery of various techniques–etching, woodcut, linocut, and serigraph.
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These are the first Thiebaud works to be added to the museum’s collection of California art.
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“Wayne’s gift is the latest of his many acts of friendship and generosity toward the museum,” remarks Laguna Art Museum’s executive director Malcolm Warner. “But it is especially precious in that we now have a strong group of works to represent him forever in our permanent collection.”
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“Laguna Art Museum is a gem,” said Thiebaud in his speech at the California Art Award Dinner. “I encourage everyone to support it.”
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In 2007, the museum hosted Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting, a survey of the artist’s work curated by Gene Cooper.
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Images of the Thiebaud gifts. Art © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.