A number of prominent artists received their first recognition in
the Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition. Such artists included Robert
Arneson, Kathryn Uhl Ball, Elmer Bischoff, Fred Dalkey, David
Gilhooly, Ralph Goings, Gregory Kondos, Roland Petersen, Mel
Ramos, Ruth Rippon, Fritz Scholder and Wayne Thiebaud.
Roland Petersen (1926–) is a Bay Area painter whose paintings
from the 1950s and ’60s are masterful syntheses of gestural
abstract expressionism, painterly realism, and advanced color
theory. His work integrates still life, figures, and landscape
into complex, architectonic compositions that are beautiful and
enigmatic, but still retain a strong sense of place, in this case
the fields and farms of California’s Central Valley.
Sketching outdoors is the foundation of Kondos’ landscape
paintings. Everywhere he goes, his sketchbook is his trusted
companion. And the studio adjacent to his home is always jammed
with small pastel, pencil, and pen-and-ink sketches done on his
painting trips. “Drawing is the skeleton under the flesh of a
painting,” he says. “It is where art begins. Drawing helps me to
understand the landscape better, and it doesn’t allow me the
luxury of covering up problems in the composition with color.”
Elmer Bischoff (1916–1991) was a San Francisco-based painter
renowned for his figurative paintings from the 1950s and 1960s.
Bischoff is considered part of the first generation of Bay Area
Figurative painters, who, along with Richard Diebenkorn, David
Park, and James Weeks, deployed the lessons of non-objective,
expressionist painting—the importance of gesture and the use of
aggressive color—as a means of reengaging with reality-based
Meet at the Museum to tour an exhibit featuring
photographer Dugan Aguilar (Maidu/Northern
Paiute/Achomawi) and editor Theresa Harlan (Kewa). The
exhibition celebrates the publication of their new
book, ”She Sang Me a Good Luck Song,” and a
retrospective exhibit of Aguilar’s work. Lunch following at
Peg’s Glorified Ham & Eggs, Roseville.
The deYoung exhibit “J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free” features
the luminous works of Britain’s greatest artist of the 18th
century. “Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination”, at the
Disney Museum, is the story of two giants of art and
entertainment, Salvador Dali and Walt Disney.
Well-known watercolor painter and portrait artist will talk about
his history as an artist, illustrated with example of his work,
including the 9′ x 20′ watercolors recently installed in the new
Sutter Medical Center.
A multi-disciplinary artist examines where she takes her dues for
her artistic expression. She will present some of her key
sources: found, noted or sketched, historic and talismanic and
how they inform her thinking.
The Crocker Art Museum’s fine collection of German drawings
includes artists from Albrecht Durer to Julius Schnorr von
Carolsfeld. Dr. Breazeale will explore the history of
collecting these drawings in conjunction with the Crocker’s
special exhibit of German Drawings from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts,