Friday, January 19, 2018

APPRECIATION: Ruth Asawa (1926-2013)

San Francisco Bay Area artist Ruth Asawa, who passed away on August 6, 2013, was a pioneering modernist sculptor and respected public artist, whose unique legacy and experience, forged in the mid-20th century, still resonates today.

Wallace Berman

A new show on California artist Wallace Berman (1926-1976) makes the case for his enduring significance as a seminal cultural figure and numinous conduit of his times.

Appreciation: Marvin Lipofsky

The creator of sinuous, sensuous, seemingly organic glass sculptures-and an avid traveler- Marvin Lipofsky remains a towering figure in the Bay Area’s Studio Glass movement.

APPRECIATION: Jack Goldstein

At once pioneering and heartbreaking, the career and legacy of this seminal member of the Pictures Generation is reexamined in a long-awaited retrospective at Orange County Museum of Art.

Appreciation: Lee Kelly

Taking public art to the streets.

APPRECIATION: Helen Lundeberg

Celebrated in a new museum retrospective, the pioneering West Coast artist proudly wore her classicist label in an expansive career that evolved from Surrealism to hard- edged, landscape-based abstraction.

Carmen Herrera

There are many object lessons to take from Carmen Herrera’s first retrospective at a major museum, the Whitney, at the tender age of 101,...

LA Sculptors

Nathan Mabry: Mystical Hybrids
Among the new generation of young, LA-based sculptors who reference modernism explicitly in their work, few do it with the wit, smarts, reverence, irreverence...

Claire Falkenstein

From Venezia to Venice, California, Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997) proved herself to be a versatile and pioneering artist, in three and more dimensions.

Collecting: Cheech Marin

The popular comedian’s decades-long dedication, and enthusiasm for collecting Chicano art is highlighted in a new exhibition of his collection at Mesa, AZ.

APPRECIATION: F. Scott Hess

Adapting the skills-and narrative impulse-of the Old Masters into contemporary allegory, the LA painter merges realism and surrealism to create his own dynamic, fictive stage.

APPRECIATION: Tony DeLap

Confounding easy labels, the pioneering SoCal abstractionist delights in illusionistic sleight-of-hand.
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