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“Wizdumb” Opens At U.Va. Art Museum Nov. 2

October 21, 2002--

WHAT: “Wizdumb” from the West – Contemporary California Art in the Collection

WHEN: Nov. 2 – Dec. 22, Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum, Rugby Road in Charlottesville, Va.

In 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.

“California 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.”

Selected 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.

The 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.

For details, call the museum at (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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