from the West:
Contemporary California Art in the Collection
Friday, December 6, 5-5:30 pm.
In the Museum
Friday, December 6, 5:307:30 pm
In the Museum
post-World War II America, on the East Coast, art critics,
dealers, and collectors closely followed the evolution of
American art, analyzing its sources and innovations. On
the West Coast little attention was paid to the past; the
present was motivation enough. The aesthetics of place were
contributing factors also: the sprawling, sunny, freeway-laced
county of Los Angeles in the south and the sometimes foggy,
always cool, array of communities surrounding the San Francisco
Bay in the north. California art of this period is narrative
in the sense that words and images are mutually supportive
in metaphor, in irony and in pun. Rare is the work that
takes itself too seriously.
Museums collection suggests the amazing productivity
of California artists. Among the artists featured are, from
Southern California, John Baldessari, Martha Alf, and Italo
Scanga, and from Northern California, William T. Wiley,
Roy De Forest, and Sam Richardson. The exhibition is organized
by Suzanne Foley, curator of collections and exhibitions.
De Forest, American, born 1930
American Cowboy, 1976,
Colored pencil, graphite and pastel on paper, 22 1/2 x 30"
Museum Purchase, 1976.14
University of Virginia Art Museum is open
to the public without charge Tuesday through Sunday,
1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available for visitors
behind the museum.
For more information about the exhibition
or the University of Virginia Art Museum,
call (434) 924-3592.