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Laguna’s Hidden Treasures: Art from Private Collections
Paul Paiement:  Hybrids 1.0 – 3.5
March 13 to July 10, 2005

Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Paul Paiement, Hybrids A-Nymphalidae Nintendae, 2002, watercolor on paper, 14.75 x 11.75 inches.
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly and Steven Giannetti.

Laguna Beach, CA - February 16, 2005) Paul Paiement: Hybrids 1.0 - 3.5 is a five-year mini-survey of this Los Angeles-based painter.  Acting at once as a painter, scientist, and entomologist, Los Angeles artist Paul Paiement creates a unique wonderland by combining common everyday consumer objects into an über-species of colorful bugs, butterflies, praying mantises, and more.

Employing the age-old technique of egg tempera, Paiement skillfully plays with ideas of manipulation and mass production, whereby his subjects are split evenly in two—one side insect, the other a man-made gadget. Playful, yet thought-provoking, in a time when the science of cloning and the constant desire to make people, animals, and goods faster and better has reached a fever pitch, these paintings may also read as subversive.

Along with the paintings, Paiement will be creating his second site-specific installation, Hybrids I-Pyractomena flashlightis. This work enhances the themes of Paiement's watercolor and panel paintings. An installation of human proportion, its backdrop is a landscape painting infused into a  Pirates of the Caribbean-like setting. Paiement's use of manufactured materials and theatrical lighting reiterate the hybrid concept, fusing synthetic with organic and seducing viewers into believing their artificial experience is natural.

Accompanied by a color catalogue that includes an interview with curator Tyler Stallings, and essays by Christopher Miles and Rebecca Niederlander. Organized by Laguna Art Museum chief curator Tyler Stallings.

LECTURES
Sunday, March 20, 1:00 p.m.
Artist Paul Paiement will lecture on his work over the past five years. There will be a book signing of his catalogue following the lecture.

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Artist Paul Paiement will be demonstrating and teaching the art of working with egg tempera. This workshop will allow you to learn how to make your own egg tempera paints while exploring the techniques and tricks in working with this ancient medium.


(l.) Christian Boltanski (b.1944), Autel Chases, 1987, 95-1/2 x 23-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches, photography, electric lights, metal boxes. Private collection.
(r.) Bernhard Gutmann (1869-1936), Elizabeth at Breakfast, 1914, oil on canvas, 32 x 26 inches, Collection of Ambrose/Feddersen   

Laguna’s Hidden Treasures: Art from Private Collections presents over seventy works by over seventy artists from nearly forty collections in Laguna Beach and the vicinity. The exhibition is, in part, a celebration of the collecting strength in a city and its environs that have been supportive of the arts since the early 1900s when Laguna Beach was founded as an artist colony. Abstract, figurative, landscape, and still life works, that include painting, photography, and sculpture, will cover 100 years, ranging from the early-twentieth century to the early-twenty-first century, and will be juxtaposed in unusual and interesting ways.

For example, a subtle commentary on decades of industrialization is suggested for viewers on seeing a scene of early twentieth-century, east coast industrialization by painter Gardner Symons (1861–1930), juxtaposed with the crushed automobile parts sculpture of John Chamberlain (b.1927), which can be found next to a sculpture of a woman with tar all of her body by Enrique Martinez Celaya (b.1964).

An exploration of the depiction and the role of women in society is suggested with such works by painter Mary Bradish Titcomb (1856-1927), depicting a typical impressionist setting of three women at leisure in an out door setting, put adjacent to conceptual photographer Cindy Sherman (b.1954), whose early work suggests the look of film stills or magazine spreads that explore the representation of women in the media, which are then found next to the work of painter Lisa Yuskavage (b.1962), whose images of monstrous young women with swollen stomachs and breasts can be described as simultaneously disturbing and sexy.


Major support for this exhibition comes from The Gillespie Foundation.

Co-curated by Laguna Art Museum chief curator Tyler Stallings and curator of collections Janet Blake. Organized by Laguna Art Museum.

PANELS
Sunday, May 22, 1:00 p.m.
Collectors of Contemporary Art
A panel of collectors represented in the exhibition will discuss collecting with a specific focus on contemporary art. Moderated by the exhibition’s co-curator and Laguna Art Museum chief curator, Tyler Stallings.

Sunday, June 26, 1:00 p.m.
Collectors of American Impressionism
A panel of collectors represented in the exhibition will discuss collecting with a specific focus on American Impressionism. Moderated by the exhibition’s co-curator and Laguna Art Museum curator of collections, Janet Blake.

Lectures are free to members and free to non-members with Museum admission

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS
First Thursday Art Walks
Members are encouraged to come and enjoy the Members Lounge during First Thursdays, in the Surf Culture Redux exhibition for April 7, May 5, June 2, and July 7.

ARTISTS INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION
Nicolas Africano
Peter Alexander
Belle Baranceanu
Walter Emerson Baum
Tony Berlant
Hyman Bloom
Christian Boltanski
George Brandriff
Rex Brandt
Maurice Braun
Enrique Martinez Celaya
John Chamberlain
Wes Dahlberg
Frank Damiano
Ron Davis
Francis De Erdely
Tony Delap
Jacci Den Hartog
Phil Dike
Kim Dingle
James Doolin
Jerry Downes
Manny Farber
John Frame
Tom Friedman
John Frost
August Gay
Selden Gile
Bernhard Gutmann
Richard Haines
Armin Hansen
Grace Hartigan
Marsden Hartley
Tim Hawkinson
Anna Hills
Clarence Hinkle
Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz
Yishai Judisman
Barbara Kasten
Ed Kienholz
Dong Kingman
Joseph Kleitsch
Emil J. Kosa, Jr.
Roger Kuntz
Annie Leibowitz
Maurice Logan
Erle Loran
Helen Lundeberg
Arthur Mathews
Barse Miller
Robert Morris
Vik Muniz
Phil Paradise
Douglass Parshall
Edgar Payne
Marcelo Pombo
Ken Price
Joseph Raphael
Alan Rath
Granville Redmond
William Ritschel
Guy Rose
Bud Shackelford
Millard Sheets
Cindy Sherman
Peter Shire
Dirk Skreber
Eugene Speicher
Gardner Symons
Robert Therrien
Wayne Thiebaud
Mary Titcomb
Peter VandenBerge
Marton Varo
Andy Warhol
William Watt
William Wendt
Lisa Yuskavage


CONCURRENT EXHIBITIONS
Surf Culture Redux, ongoing through October 2, 2005
Art Rental & Sales Gallery
Changing monthly exhibitions
Young Artists Society Gallery
Corona Del Mar High School Students, Alter Egos (and) Visions of Heaven and Hell

UPCOMING EXHIBITION
California’s Second Wave: The Blair Collection of San Francisco Bay Area Abstract Expressionism,
July 31-October 2, 2005
In the San Francisco Bay Area, the avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s was composed of a cadre of artists engaged in the preeminent artistic movement of the post-war era, Abstract Expressionism. During the post-war era of the 1950s and 1960s, West Coast artists, particularly those in California, helped shape a major trend in Modern art for the first time.

TRAVELING EXHIBITION
Richard Pettibone: A Retrospective


Richard Pettibone: A Retrospective will present the full range of the artist’s career from the early assemblages and small-scale “replicas” that first brought him to critical attention in Los Angeles in the late fifties and sixties to his various sculptural installations (based on his love of both Shaker furniture and Constantine Brancusi) to the recent more complexly layered work (“making anew” such modern masters as Mondrian and Ezra Pound) that engage him today.  Pettibone’s early work was astonishingly prescient of 1980s appropriation art—a radical move in which pop art’s seizure of common objects and media reproductions slid into the even more seditious act of replicating other artist’s art. Co-organized and co-curated by Laguna Art Museum and The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. The exhibition will travel to both venues and also to the Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Accompanied by a 144-page catalogue.

Laguna Art Museum continues a tradition that began with the Laguna Beach Art Association, the oldest cultural institution in Orange County, California founded in the summer of 1918. Permanent collections and exhibitions feature historical, contemporary, and pop-culture-oriented art, with an emphasis on the art of California.  

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach. The Museum is open daily, including Monday holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is free to the public from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information on the Museum, please call between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 949.494.8971, extension 0 or visit the Museum’s website at www.lagunaartmuseum.org <http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org>.




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