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Painting Master Class: Wayne Thiebaud at the SJMA

I just came from the Wayne Thiebaud show at the San Jose Museum of Art. The SJMA is really cooking these days, with quality shows coming one after another. I’ve seen Thiebaud’s paintings in various places over the years, including a show of his “aerial” paintings of what appear to be Mississippi delta landscapes. But this show seems to draw heavily, in fact almost exclusively, from the artist’s and his family’s collections. It covers Thiebaud’s work from approximately the early 1960s (with a few paintings from earlier than that) to present. One can’t help but be struck by the technical and st... [more]
Posted by charles lewis on 5/4/10
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Master Class in painting, but Surreal?

The Todd Schorr show at the San Jose Museum of Art is an assault. The artist grabs you and wrings you out, then you stagger away, dazed. Mr. Schorr is important, a fact nicely recognized by the SJMA in this very large solo show, which gathers paintings from a myriad of collections, such as that of Leonardo DeCaprio. This retrospective features works as far back as the mid-80s, I seem to recall, with a brief stop in the early 1990s with some mid-size pieces, before dashing forward at breakneck speed into the 21st century. Mr. Schorr’s style is cohesive throughout, and the early pieces are just... [more]
Posted by charles lewis on 8/14/09
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On the Road

by Kristi Beardshear
  There's something undeniably, seductively American about the concept of the road trip. The phrase necessarily conjures images of vast expanses of land, endless open roads, lonely pit-stop diners, and garish neon motel signs forever winking VACANT into the night—images all uniquely American. It's no wonder; qualities inherited from our pioneering predecessors—a (sub)conscious desire to embrace uncertainty, pursue possibility, seek the unknown, and, of course, to be free—find perfect expression in the art of the road trip. All the expected images were there: the empty road stretching to th... [more]
Posted by Kristi Beardshear on 12/29/08