Laguna Art Museum's 53-painting survey traces the development of Thiebaud’s signature style but also includes many of his lesser known figural and beach paintings. In the LA Times, Christopher Knight is completely surprised by Thiebaud's beaches and bathers. "Who knew?" he asks. "In these pictures the nearly squint-inducing light is almost always sharp and bright. Daylight whiteness near the ocean harbors neon-rainbow highlights, while shadows tend toward sky-reflective blue, rather than colorless black. Even the show's very earliest work -- a deftly handled 1936 oil-sketch on board, precociously executed when Thiebaud was 16 -- shows a mustachioed fisherman in a rain hat. This old man of the sea is one of 31 drawings that further flesh out the painter's realist affinities. Usually mischaracterized as a Pop artist, Thiebaud instead paints in traditional categories of still life, landscape and figure. He's also a formalist, plain and simple, most deeply concerned with the structural considerations of visual form in paint. Postwar American artists typically harnessed formal rigor to abstract painting, but he has applied it exclusively to realist subject matter."
"Skin" @ The Painting Center, opening reception December 5, 6-9. Featuring work by Josh Blackwell, Martin Bromirski, Sharon Butler, Suejin Jo, Scott Richter and Drew Shiflett. Click image for more details.
CLOUDS @ Lesley Heller
Orgainzed by Adam Simon / Opening reception December 15 / Artists include Michele Araujo, Valerie Hegarty, Zach Rockhill, John Baber, Lisa Hein, Hanneline Røgeberg,Perry Bard, Eric Heist, Bob Seng,David Brody, Elana Herzog, Ward Shelley, Deborah Brown, Brece Honeycutt, Lisa Sigal, Sharon Butler (that's me, image above), Patrick Killoran, Susan Silas, Caroline Cox, Byron Kim, Adam Simon, Paul D’Agostino, Greg Kwiatek, Tim Spelios, Nuno de Campos, Kerry Law, William Stone, Peter Dudek, Eric LoPresti, Richard Sullivan, Joy Episalla, Thomas Micchelli, Jude Tallichet, Rochelle Feinstein, Matthew Miller, Kate Teale, Hermine Ford, Loren Munk, Mark Tribe, Matt Freedman, Edie Nadelhaft, Fred Valentine, Munro Galloway, Laura Newman, Daniel Wiener, Rico Gatson, Bruce Pearson, Carrie Yamaoka, Ben Godward, Liza Phillips, Jacqueline Gourevitch, Cathy Quinlan, Larry Greenberg, Beth Reisman, Charles HagenOpening reception December 15. Click image for more details.
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