Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekend Roundup: Anderson Collection, Richmond Art Center, Mythos Gallery, Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

 Richard Diebenkorn, Girl at the beach, 1957

The Anderson Collection now open to the public. David Smith sculpture, Adolph Gotlieb and Franz Kline are thoughtfully paired in this portion of the museum. One hundred and twenty one works from one of the most comprehensive collection in private hands of post -war American art has now been gifted to Stanford and is now installed in its own museum on the Stanford campus.

Richmond Art Center: Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley

Featuring intimate works on paper by Richard Diebenkorn which were created during his Berkeley years (1953 – 1966), several of which will be shown publicly for the first time. Also included will be drawings by other Bay Area Figurative movement artists and those closest to Diebenkorn including David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Frank Lobdell, Nathan Oliveira, James Weeks and Joan Brown. An exhibition catalog and public programs will provide a background on the historic role that the Art Center played in the rise of the Bay Area Figurative movement, a unique perspective into the ways in which Diebenkorn’s work lives on in local, private collections and still resonates in the contemporary art world today.

Mythos Gallery: Beauty Fierce as Stars II, Transcendent Women Painters 1930s and Beyond : This exhibit, the second in a series, continues to display the work of strong women painters, looking back, beginning in the 1930s, highlighting women who influenced Bay Area art movements of the past and in the ensuing years.  This time we are also featuring painters, who we feel had an unique vision, not necessarily following the abstract expressionist trends of the period ( which was our focus in the last women's show). We are including painters from following generations, whose work is infused with an awareness of the past and who continue on with their powerful creations.

Featured Painters
Ariel, Ruth Asawa, Adelie Landis Bischoff, Katherine Barieau, Frances Dunham Catlett,  Anna W. Edwards, June Felter, Hildegarde Haas, Colleen Maloney, Jennifer Pochinski, Barbara Scales, Louise Smith, and Edith Park Truesdell. September 12 - October 18, 2014

 “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” does not open until Sept. 27 but two of the seven pieces are already installed. One is a metal sculpture that can only be seen through a broken window pane of the guard gallery. The other is a series of portraits made of 1.3 million Legos.

Oakland Museum of California: Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California

An expansive exhibition of art and ephemera drawn from the collections of both museums and other archives, the show explores four particularly creative periods in Northern California art and the convergence of personalities and social circumstances that spurred them: the 1930s era of Rivera and public art, the existential post-World War II period at the California School of Fine Arts, UC Davis during the freewheeling ’60s and ’70s, and the up-from-the-street Mission District scene of the ’90s.

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