Opens At U.Va. Art Museum Nov. 2
October 21, 2002--
“Wizdumb” from the West – Contemporary
California Art in the Collection
Nov. 2 – Dec. 22, Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
University of Virginia Art Museum, Rugby Road in Charlottesville,
post-World War II America, art critics, dealers and collectors on
the East Coast 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 — 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.
art of this period is narrative in the sense that words and images
are mutually supportive in metaphor, in irony and in pun,”
said Suzanne Foley, the museum’s curator of collections and
exhibitions. “Rare is the work that takes itself too seriously.”
from the U.Va. Art Museum’s collection, the works in the exhibit
suggest 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 Foley.
museum is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Admission is free. Free parking is available in the back of the
museum, which is wheelchair accessible.
details, call the museum at (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298