The fall exhibition season opens at Paul Thiebaud Gallery with Twenty-Five Treasures, an eclectic group show of paintings, sculpture and cultural objects, on Tuesday, September 9, 2008. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, November 8, 2008. This show marks the fourth installment of the gallery’s signature show—a curatorial concept created by Mr. Thiebaud; it is the thirteenth presentation of Twenty-Five Treasures that he has organized since 1990.
Though not curated around a specific theme or subject, the show aims to bring together twenty-five works of art and other unique collectibles that can be evaluated qualitatively as exceptional or extraordinary, some of which verge on the quirky. Drawn as if from a private collection, this exhibition brings together works from various continents, centuries, and civilizations. Parallels can be drawn and influences traced as works of nineteenth and twentieth century European masters interact with contemporary established and emerging American artists.
This year’s presentation includes an expansive collection of masterpieces ranging from an exceptional early nineteenth-century graphite portrait drawing by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres to the last painting made by Edward Hopper showing himself and his wife at the stage’s end, a metaphor for the end of their lives. Also included are a 1941 painting by the Italian master, Giorgio Morandi, a neo-classical styled female painted by Arshile Gorky, and a quintessential jungle scene painting by Henri Rousseau. A late nineteenth-century painting of a landscape by Henri Matisse along with a classic, intimate beach scene painted by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida round out the shows more historical works of art.
California painters, Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri, and Joan Brown represent modern and contemporary artists in this exhibition. Several artists long represented by the gallery will also have their work included: the urban landscape painting of Los Angeles-based painter, Suong Yangchareon, the cigar box painting of Ed Musante, the Conté crayon work on paper by Fred Dalkey, and in her debut in this group show, the San Francisco-inspired housescapes of Eileen David. Finally, the gallery will introduce the painting of the most recent addition to list of artists represented, the Long Beach-based painter, Vonn Sumner. As is a trademark of this recurring show, a few surprises will delight those looking for the off-beat, including three vintage Cadillacs. These works of art and vintage automobiles will commingle with African and Spanish colonial ceremonial pieces, creating a dialogue rarely seen in a gallery setting.