Robert Henri’s California: Realism, Race, and Region, 1914-1925

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Robert Henri’s California: Realism, Race, and Region, 1914-1925 February 22–May 31, 2015 The legendary American painter Robert Henri made his first plans to visit California just over a century ago.  “Westward Ho!” he exclaimed in 1914 in a letter to his former student, Alice Klauber, who lived in San Diego.  Henri’s eagerness was rooted in his quest for new settings and fresh subjects. “I am now quite convinced that San Diego is one of the most interesting and beautiful places in the world … [Read more...]

California Printmakers, 1950-2000

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California Printmakers, 1950-2000 February 22 -May 31, 2015 . Most of the leading California artists of the second half of the twentieth century, from Wayne Thiebaud to David Hockney and Ed Ruscha, were both painters and printmakers. Printmaking flourished thanks to the establishment of print workshops where artists could benefit from the technical know-how and inventiveness of expert printers. The most notable were Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, founded in 1960; Crown Point … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Turk: Sentient Forms

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October 12, 2014–January 18, 2015 On display in the museum’s main level galleries was a solo exhibition of work by mixed media artist Elizabeth Turk, comprised of new work along with pieces from earlier series. In a multi-media installation, Turk continued her exploration of the recurring themes of time, matter, and space. The exhibition featured marble sculptures from her Cage and Collars series, the fragility and fluidity of which were a stark contrast to the heavy materials from which they … [Read more...]

Lita Albuquerque: Particle Horizon

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. October 12, 2014–January 18, 2015 Lita Albuquerque’s installation Particle Horizon complemented her large-scale performance work, An Elongated Now, which she presented as part of the museum’s Art & Nature festival on November 8, 2014. Both installation and performance are reminders, in the artist’s words, “that the human being is the architecture that houses the connection and relationship between art and nature.” Particle Horizon occupied the museum’s Segerstrom Gallery (lower level) … [Read more...]

Rex Brandt: In Praise of Sunshine

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. June 29-September 21, 2014 Laguna Art Museum presents a retrospective exhibition of the paintings of California landscape artist Rex Brandt (1914–2000), curated by Curator of Historical Art Janet Blake. . Rex Brandt gained national renown for his watercolor paintings during the period from the mid 1930s to the 1990s. As a dedicated teacher of the watercolor medium, he conducted painting workshops both at his home in Corona del Mar, his summer home in the San Juan Islands off the coast of … [Read more...]

John Altoon: Drawings and Prints

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. June 29-October 5, 2014 John Altoon (1925-69) is best known as a painter, but drawing was an important aspect of his working practice throughout his career. Like his paintings, his drawings show a remarkable boldness, speed, and ability to improvise. . This intimate exhibition of drawings and prints looked at Altoon’s hesitation between being a commercial illustrator and a fine artist. On the commercial side, he made illustrations for articles in magazines such as Caper and Escapade. He … [Read more...]

Permanent Collection

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Permanent Collection June 29-September 21, 2014 This selection of highlights from the museum’s collection features representational paintings in the California Gallery and abstract works from the 1960s to the present in the Steele Gallery. On view are new acquisitions by Peter Alexander, Albert Contreras, Nancy Rubins, Manuel Neri, and Tom Wudl, each a stellar example of the artist’s work. . Laguna Art Museum’s mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by … [Read more...]

Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories

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. February 23-June 1, 2014 Wayne Thiebaud is one of the world’s most popular and respected painters. Born in 1920, he has lived for most of his life in Sacramento, although he spent much of his youth with his family in Long Beach and remains sentimentally attached to Southern California, especially Laguna Beach. He suggested the idea of the exhibition and selected the works himself, an act of autobiography in a sense and part of the reason for the title American Memories. At 93 years of age, … [Read more...]

ex•pose: dana harel

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. February 23-June 1, 2014 Dana Harel’s first museum exhibition in the U.S. presented a new series of work, Between Dreams and Nightmares. The series was drawn from the artist’s relationships to the men in her family and ties to military life: “As an Israeli female soldier, a daughter of a soldier, a wife of a soldier, and a mother of a young sensitive male, I have witnessed men in their most intimate and tender moments, sometimes in the most unexpected of places. I draw on this … [Read more...]

Travels with Millard Sheets, 1950–1986

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. February 1-June 8, 2014 On loan from the Diane and E. Gene Crain Collection was a selection of paintings by California artist Millard Sheets (1907–1989) curated by Laguna Art Museum's Curator of Historical Art Janet Blake. Over twenty paintings dating from 1950 to 1986 highlighted the artist’s travels around the world. Sheets had wanderlust while still a student at Chouinard School of Art in 1928. After winning several prizes for his paintings, he embarked for Europe, where he spent six … [Read more...]