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The Oakland Museum of California presents a sel ective look at the vast and vibrant Southern California art s cene via 11 influential artists\, in L.A. PAINT. The exhibition opens October 4\, 2008 and continues thro ugh March 8\, 2009.

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Curated by Chief Curator of Art Ph ilip Linhares\, L.A. PAINT highlights The Date Farmers (Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez)\, Brian Fah lstrom\, Steve Galloway\, Loren Holland\, Hyesook Park\, St eve Roden\, Linda Stark\, Don Suggs\, Esther Pearl Watson\, and Robert Williams.

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The exhibition is the result of numerous South land visits by Linhares to explore galleries\, cultural cente rs\, and studios\, often pursuing suggestions from colleagues and artists.

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René de Guzman\, senior curator of art a t the museum\, steered Linhares to The Date Farmers\, who collaborate to create groupings of painted imag es on salvaged corrugated metal and old signs. Lerma and Rami rez use commercial (Sponge Bob\, Coca-Cola\, and Playboy) and religious icons to explore American culture in images famili ar to Mexican Americans.

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San Francisco artist Younhee Paik suggested former classmate Hyesook Park \, whose large\, textured\, monochromatic canvasses convey a sensitivity to nature and an appreciation of classical Asian landscape painting. Park sometimes incorporates assemblage in her work

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Esther P. Wa tson\, Out to the Field\, 2008. Acrylic\, enamel\, graphite on panel.
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Brian Fahlstrom’s abstract paintings w ere first seen in the Orange County Museum of Art’s 2006 Cali fornia Biennial. His enigmatic paintings fluctuate between la ndscape\, still life\, and portraiture\, never landing soundly on any one format. Fahlstrom is a confident student of the 19th and early 20th century European masters.

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Linhares discovered Steve Roden’s colorful abstracti ons in a group exhibition at the Luckman Gallery at Californi a State University\, Los Angeles. A composer of sounds works as well as a painter\, Roden is inspired to color-code his mu sical notes and mix his media. He develops and imposes specific criteria for each of his paintings.

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Surrealist pain ter Steve Galloway was introduced to Linhare s by Los Angeles installation artist Michael C. McMillen. Gal loway’s meticulously detailed work depicts the clash of moder n industry with nature\, and other irrational juxtapositions.

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Linda Stark has been engaged with the substance and function of paint for nearly two decades. Her powerful\, symbolic work often conveys the emotional and psy chological states of women\, on surfaces sculpted in shallow relief. Stark’s strong statements can appear deceptively simp le.

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Don Suggs\, a Texas native\, grew up in San Diego and earned his MFA from UCLA\, where he now teaches. Suggs’s work has varied so greatly over the years th at the title of his recent retrospective at the Ben Maltz Gal lery of the Otis Art Institute was “One-Man Group Show.” His newest work\, part of \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n
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Don Su ggs\, Two Fridas (Matrimony Series)\, 2006. Courtesy LA Louver\, Venice\, CA.
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\, features target-like concentric circles on round canvasses up to 60 inches in diameter.

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Esther Pearl Watson’s father was an eccentric who build space ships in his rural Texas garage. Various disa sters forced the family to move often: Watson’s faux primitiv e paintings provide a narrative of the family’s saga.

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Loren Holland is a 2005 MFA from Yale and a painter of personal narratives. Her work on paper has satirized sexual stereotypes of African American women. She recently moved her studio from her grandparents’ garage in Compton to Long Beach.

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Robert Williams\, godfather of the so-called Lowbrow school of painting \, began as an underground cartoonist. With sarcasm and glee\ , Williams created a subculture of unchecked greed\, consumer ism\, and depravity\, eschewing critical approval. He founded the freewheeling Juxtapoz Art &\; Culture Magazine in 199 4.

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The museum will offer curator and artist tours and programs for L.A. PAINT. Visit museumca.org for details in Septemb er.

DTEND:20090308 DTSTAMP:20140822T021610 DTSTART:20081004 GEO:37.797984;-122.261606 LOCATION:Oakland Museum of California\,1000 Oak Street \nOakland\, CA 94607 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:L.A. Paint\, Brian Fahlstrom\, The Date Farmers\, Steve Galloway\, Loren Holland\, Hyesook Park\, Steve Roden\, Linda Stark\, Don Suggs\, Esth er Pearl Watson\, Robert Williams UID:25146 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR