Friday, November 19, 2010

We went to the Crocker Museum in Sacramento yesterday as there is a massive retrospective of Wayne Thiebaud's career as a painter. I am an unabashed fan, and at 90 years old he is still hitting them out of the park with new and very abstracted forms that take his vision well past the multiple perspective point mashups of the Sacramento River delta series, which in person are a great delight to the eye. Downtown Sacto. and the new Crocker expansion are well worth the visit as the setting is wonderful and the new wing has a very comprehensive collection of painters, largely west coast, from the 19th to the 21st century.
The below is a quote from Crocker Museum site:
OCTOBER 10 - NOVEMBER 28, 2010

"This exhibition celebrates Sacramento’s most famous artist, Wayne Thiebaud, as he begins his 90th year. It is, for both the artist and the Crocker Art Museum, a homecoming. Nearly 60 years ago, in 1951, Thiebaud held his first one-artist exhibition, Influences on a Young Painter, at the Crocker. This new exhibition, featuring approximately 75 paintings and drawings, spans the entirety of his career, from the artist’s early works to paintings fresh from his easel. Iconic edibles—work that linked high art with popular culture—are included alongside pieces that showcase Thiebaud’s skill in rendering the human figure and the California landscape. Among the latter are river-delta views from the Sacramento area, cityscapes from San Francisco and beach scenes from Southern California. No matter the subject, these works uniformly attest to the artist’s ability to sensuously manipulate pigment and capture clear light and vibrant color. It is this technical virtuosity, along with the artist’s tongue-in-cheek humor and ability to capture the realities of our place in time, that have helped to make Thiebaud a uniquely American painter."

If you paint, you must go see this show!



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