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‘Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads’ visit Crocker Museum

Ai Weiwei created contemporary versions of the 12 Chinese zodiac animal heads from the famed 18th-century fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace) that were pillaged in 1860 during a raid by French and British troops. Courtesy photo

Internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze” series will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum through May 1. Artist, curator, architectural designer and social activist Weiwei is arguably the best-known and most successful contemporary artist in China. Born in Beijing in 1957 to the celebrated poet Ai Qing, Weiwei was […]

No Comment / January 31, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

February 2016 exhibitions, events and programs at the Crocker Art Museum

Continuing exhibitions Through Feb. 14: “Rain Forest Visions: Amazonian Ceramics from Ecuador, The Melza and Ted Barr Collection” — The Canelos Quichua-speaking people of eastern Ecuador make the finest traditional ceramics to be found in Amazonian South America, a practice deeply embedded in their history, culture and contemporary lives. This exhibition, featuring 100 works from the Melza […]

Comments Off / December 27, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Andy Warhol: Portraits coming in March to the Crocker Art Museum

The status symbol of the disco era was the commissioned Warhol portrait. Opening in March 2016 at the Crocker Art Museum, “Andy Warhol: Portraits” features more than 160 works exploring the development of the artist’s iconic portrayal of the famous or wealthy. Included are Polaroids, fashion sketches, photo-booth film strips and more. Visitors will also have […]

Comments Off / December 21, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Crocker draws on ‘Bay Area Figurative’ works

“Seated Figure,” by James Weeks

The American painters that put California at the vanguard of contemporary art in the 1950s are the subject of a new drawings exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum. “Back to Life: Bay Area Figurative Drawings” explores 40 works on paper by David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff and other celebrated artists in their circle. These works […]

Comments Off / October 18, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Artist’s arsenal: Crocker Museum exhibit contrasts materials and beliefs

1 Al Farrow Synoagogue V

Using guns and ammunition as building materials, artist Al Farrow contrasts the violence, misunderstandings, fundamentalisms and perversions of power threatening many societies today. Thirty two of Farrow’s sculptures have arrived at the Crocker Museum along with preparatory sketches that compel viewers to consider how modern socio-political conflicts have come to be. The exhibition, “Divine Ammunition: The Sculpture of […]

Comments Off / October 04, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Eastern, Western aesthetics come together in porcelains show

“Lotus Series #15” by Shimo

Born in Shanghai in 1962, Shimo is a respected Chinese artist who immigrated to the United States in 2003 and now divides his time between Sacramento and Shanghai. Approximately 25 porcelain objects cre- ated by Shimo, including exquisite pieces previously exhibited by major museums in China, will be on view this summer at the Crocker […]

Comments Off / June 13, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Light unifies David Ligare’s work

"Penelope" by David Ligare, 1980, oil on canvas, 40 x 48 inches. Crocker Art Museum, promised gift of David Ligare and Gary Smith.

SACRAMENTO — This summer, the Crocker Art Museum presents a major retrospective exhibition, featuring nearly 80 works by Monterey-based contemporary artist David Ligare. The exhibition, David Ligare: California Classicist, will be on view June 7 through Sept. 20, 2015. A self-proclaimed Classicist, Ligare (born 1945) creates perfectly ordered still life, landscape, architectural and figurative paintings that […]

Comments Off / May 14, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »