The Conversation With… series brings artists to Laguna Art Museum to discuss their practice in a casual conversation with guests. The next artist in the series is Russell Crotty. Past guests in the series, which launched in 2011, have included Amy Caterina, The Legacy Project, Deborah Aschheim, Jeff Gillette, Ed Gomez, Mike Tauber, Allison Schulnik, Sandow Birk, Sandra de la Loza, and Fallen Fruit. The evening will begin with a brief presentation by Crotty about his process and work, followed by the rare opportunity for museum visitors to engage with the artist in conversation.
Known for paper-coated suspended globes and large-scale books containing a fervent network of ballpoint pen lines and color washes, Russell Crotty’s vast body of work challenges the definition of drawing, pushing the genre towards minimal sculptural installation. The artist’s practice chronicles an idiosyncratic commentary on the natural and manmade world. Crotty received his BFA from SFAI in 1978 and MFA from UCI in 1980. His work has been included in national and international exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art (NY); Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Turner Contemporary, UK (inaugural show). His work is held in the collections of Museum of Modern Art (NY); Whitney Museum of American Art (NY); Centre Pompidou (Paris); Museum of Contemporary Art (LA); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Miami; High Museum of Art (Atlanta), and Laguna Art Museum, among others. Crotty lives and works in Ojai and Upper Lake, California.
Following the discussion, enjoy a mixer featuring complimentary beverages and the opportunity to meet the artist. Additionally, you are encouraged to view the museum’s current exhibitions as well as participate in the Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk which takes place at area galleries from 6:00-9:00 p.m.