Manny Farber: The profundity of existence in its ordinary details

Union-Tribune art critic Robert L. Pincus on painter Manny Farber, who died early Monday morning: “Manny Farber never tired of looking at small things: a flower, a Post-it note or a section of rebar. He never stopped being fascinated with how ‘to get it as I see it,’ as he said one day in his … read more… “Manny Farber: The profundity of existence in its ordinary details”

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Retinal probe at Laguna Beach

In “In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor,” The Laguna Art Museum presents the work of 150 artists who have a visual affinity with merch-happy Juxtapoz magazine. Founded in San Francisco in 1994 by Robert Williams, the Juxtapoz aesthetic references movies, TV, advertising, black-velvet painting, psychedelic posters, pulp porn, sci-fi and horror, carnival … read more… “Retinal probe at Laguna Beach”

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Astrid Preston lives in Lux

In 1998, a group of San Diego area art patrons and philanthropists joined with Reesey Shaw, the founding director of the California Center for the Arts Museum, to discuss how they might encourage a better understanding of visual art. They agreed that what was needed was something more than a museum—a place where visitors would … read more… “Astrid Preston lives in Lux”

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Is it animated painting…or painterly animation? (Helpful links to videos included.)

“Animated Painting,” curated by Betti-Sue Hertz. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA. Through Jan. 13. Is it animated painting…or painterly animation? You decide. SDMA presents 25 videos by 14 artists who have used traditional painting and drawing methods as the basis and inspiration for digital animations. While some artists maintain the practice of … read more… “Is it animated painting…or painterly animation? (Helpful links to videos included.)”

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Compare and contrast: ambiguous and complex relationships to nature

“Suburban Sublime,” curated by Lucia Sanroman. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA. Through Sept. 23. “Condensation,” paintings by Adam Belt. Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA. Through Sept. 1. Robert L. Pincus reports in the San Diego Union-Tribune: “Belt’s exhibition, ‘Condensation,’ captures this attitude in a thematically subtle, visually provocative fashion. In … read more… “Compare and contrast: ambiguous and complex relationships to nature”

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Peter Simensky’s currency exchange

“Cerca Series: Peter Simensky,” curated by Lucia Sanroman. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA. Through Sept. 23 In the Union-Tribune, Robert L. Pincus reports: “The Brooklyn-based artist isn’t the first to make art about or with money – and we can be sure he won’t be the last. Nineteenth-century fool-the-eye painters, including … read more… “Peter Simensky’s currency exchange”

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