Acquavella Galleries is pleased to announce Wayne Thiebaud: A Retrospective\, from October 23rd to November 30th 2012. Curated by John Wilmerding\, the exhibition will include paintings\, works on paper and pri nts spanning the length of the artist’s career from the mid 1950s to today. The exhibition will include all of the artist’s major subjects: confection s and diner foods\, figures and portraits\, San Francisco cityscapes\, Sacr amento Delta panoramas and his California mountain series. In addition to s ignificant loans from the Whitney Museum of American Art\, New York\; The H irshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden\, Washington D.C.\; Albright-Knox Art Gallery\, Buffalo\, New York\; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art\; Crocker Art Museum\, Sacramento\; and Phoenix Art Musuem\, the exhibition will als o include multiple work from the artist’s personal holdings. “Like many art ists\, he’s held on to some of the best examples of his work from every per iod\,” explained Mr. Wilmerding.

Wayne Thiebaud is one of the most celebrated artists working today. Best known for painting everyday obj ects from gumball machines to bakeshop windows\, Thiebaud uses tactile brus hwork\, saturated colors and luminous light for a range of subjects he desc ribes as “people\, places and things.” Although associated with Pop art of the 1960s\, Thiebaud depicts subjects that reflect a nostalgia and reverenc e for American culture that sets him apart from the stark commercialism of Warhol and his contemporaries. Thiebaud takes a formal approach to issues o f color\, light\, composition and space\, stating that his only intention w hen he paints is to “get the painting to a point of resolution.” This forma lity lends itself to all of his many subjects and is one the reasons why th e masterful quality of his paintings has remained consistent over sixty yea rs. It is this consistency that Wilmerding hopes to highlight in the exhibi tion. "We are delighted to be representing Wayne Thiebaud\, a major figure in the development of 20th century art whose work is just as relevant and i mpressive today as it was when he first gained
critical acclaim in th e early 60's\," said Eleanor Acquavella.

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1 920) lives and works in Sacramento\, CA. He has been widely recognized for his achievements as an artist and has received various prestigious awards s uch as the National Medal of Arts from President William Clinton\, 1994\; t he Lifetime Achievement Award for Art from the American Academy of Design\, NY\, 2001 and he was inducted into The California Hall of Fame in 2010 at The California Museum\, Sacramento\, CA. His work has been exhibited in maj or museums and institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art\, NY\; Wallraf-Richartz Museum\, Cologne\, Germany\; Phoenix Art Museum\, AZ and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art\, CA. Thiebaud’s works are also in permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art\, CA\; Cro cker Art Museum\, CA and the Whitney Museum of American Art\, New York.

John Wilmerding is the Sarofim Professor of American Art\, Emerit us\, at Princeton University. He has written more than twenty books on Amer ican art and artists\, including most recently monographs and catalogues on Tom Wesselmann\, Robert Indiana\, Roy Lichtenstein\, and George Segal. The fully illustrated catalogue Wayne Thiebaud: A Retrospective will be co-dis tributed by Rizzoli and will contain two essays – “Wayne Thiebaud: ‘The Emp eror of Ice Cream’” by John Wilmerding and “The Lonely Crowd: Men and Women in the Art of Wayne Thiebaud” by art historian Pepe Karmel.

LOCATION:Acquavella Galleries\,18 East 79th Street \nNew York\, NY 10075US SUMMARY: A Retrospective\, Wayne Thiebaud END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR