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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Art pottery highlighted in Crocker exhibit

Chauncey Thomas for The Tile Shop, Landscape Tile, ca. 1913–14. Earthenware, 5 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. Private Collection

SACRAMENTO — The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience, on view Feb. 22 through May 17, 2015. Consisting of more than 120 of California Faience’s most beautiful vases, tiles, lamps, and figural works, this exhibition is an exploration of the best-known art pottery in Northern California. Asian, […]

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Rice’s natural watercolors, block prints on display

"Parrot & Butterfly," 1925, by William S. Rice, block print on paper, 12 x 9 inches. Collection of Roberta Rice Treseder

SACRAMENTO — The Nature of William S. Rice: Arts and Crafts Painter and Printmaker, on view Feb. 22 through May 17, features watercolors and block prints by artist and avid naturalist William S. Rice (1873-1963), best known for his depictions of the California landscape. More than 50 prints and watercolors illuminate the techniques and approaches Rice used […]

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Paris comes to Sacramento with Toulouse-Lautrec and friends

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, "Marcelle Lender," 1895, color lithograph. Private collection, Amsterdam

SACRAMENTO — The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce its new exhibit — Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 — on view through April 26, 2015. This special exhibition is a journey into Paris in its most dynamic years, when the city was a breeding ground for artistic and literary movements. Henri Toulouse-Lautrec himself fits no category, […]

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