June Wayne: Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries
May 4 – August 31, 2014
Prodigy, Social Realist, Surrealist, printmaker, and feminist activist, June Wayne made a significant contribution to the art of the twentieth century. June Wayne: Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries surveys the artist's seventy-five years of breathtaking accomplishment. Perhaps best known 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. She 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 starting with her early Social Realist paintings to her most popular—and technically groundbreaking—lithographs, The Dorothy Series, through her tapestries, to the very late digital work that incorporated photography and collage. Also included in the exhibition are three videos, including a short compilation of the artist speaking about her life and art.
Curated by art historian Betty Ann Brown, Ph.D., and longtime curator Jay Belloli, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by Brown and Belloli as well as an introduction by artist-educator Ruth Weisberg.
June Wayne, The Tunnel, 1949. Oil on canvas, 24 ½ x 29 ½ inches. Courtesy of Louis Stern Fine Arts.
Time, Space & Matter
May 4 – August 31, 2014
Time, Space & Matter brings together six California artists who explore natural phenomena through installation. Using scientific data and techniques, as well as materials and media as varied as wood, glass, metal, video, ice and sound, the artists create five works that are both aesthetically resonant and imminently approachable. From Lita Albuquerque’s use of giant hourglasses in her exploration of the passage of time to the tension between stasis and accelerated motion in Suvan Geer’s work, the artists use natural processes to highlight the fundamental mechanisms of change, renewal, and decay. In doing so, they address what composer and artist John Cage identified as the function of art–“to imitate nature in her manner of operation”–by re-situating, commenting on, and giving new form to environmental processes and the various histories of human interaction with them.
Curated by Betty Ann Brown, the exhibition also features the work of Christine Nguyen, Mineko Grimmer, and a collaboration between George Geyer and Tom McMillin.
Christine Nguyen, untitled (At First Light), 2013. Spray paint and salt crystals on somerset black velvet, 15 x 15 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.