June Wayne: Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries
May 4 – August 31, 2014
Painter, printmaker, and feminist activist, June Wayne made a significant contribution to the art of the twentieth century. Best known for The Dorothy Series—the groundbreaking print biography of her Russian immigrant mother—and for single-handedly revitalizing lithography in the United States through the founding of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Wayne's interests and contributions were extraordinarily varied over her more than seventy-five year career. The artist socialized with poets, movie stars, and rocket scientists, often mining their innovations and contributions to fuel her own work. This exhibition charts the high points of Wayne's pioneering oeuvre, featuring works from each of her major periods, from her early Social Realist paintings through her lithographs responding to the literary works of Franz Kafka and John Donne, to The Dorothy Series, through her tapestries and innovative light-reflective paintings, to her late digital prints.
The exhibition also includes three videos, one of which is a short compilation of the artist speaking about her life and art. Curated by art historians Betty Ann Brown, Ph.D., and Jay Belloli, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by the two curators and an introduction by artist-educator Ruth Weisberg.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Pasadena Art Alliance, the Southern California Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Elaine Mitchell Attias, and Paula Holt.
June Wayne, Propeller, 2011. Acrylic and styrene on panel, 72 x 72 x 2 inches. © The June Wayne Collection, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.
Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena
May 4 – August 31, 2014
Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena brings together six artists who explore natural phenomena in poetic installations: Lita Albuquerque, Suvan Geer, George Geyer and Tom McMillin, Mineko Grimmer, and Christine Nguyen. They address scientific issues as diverse as gravity, entropy, and the transmutation of matter, employing media as varied as wood, glass, ice, metal, video, and sound. Creating works that appeal visually while challenging us conceptually, they follow Cocteau's injunction to "make science clear." Gravity is the elemental force at play in both George Geyer and Tom McMillin's installation of glass strips that sway in the moving air and in the subtle concert of Mineko Grimmer's pebbles cascading over tenuous strips of bamboo. Decay's loss is considered anew as Suvan Geer's rotting tree trunk hangs, in taut suspense, above a bright yellow field of cornmeal. The simple and quotidian process of salt transformed into exquisite shapes through crystallization is explored in Christine Nguyen's work. And the intensity of Lita Albuquerque's brilliant blue wall is a window into primal matter transformed, through art, into powerful visual experience.
Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena is supported by the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Christine Nguyen, studio shot of works in progress for First Light and Its Refracting Powers, 2014. Courtesy of the Artist.