FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Blair Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism
Lita Albuquerque: Stellar Axis: Antarctica
Joel Pickford: Le Monde Créole
June 29 – August 19, 2007
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 29, 2007, 5-7pm
Admission: FAM members: FREE  Non-members: $6.00


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(left to right)
Lita Albuquerque, “Stellar Axis: Antarctica” (detail) Installation photo by Jean De Pomereu. Courtesy of the Patricia Faure Gallery.
Joel Pickford, “Staircase, Lake Charles” Le Monde Creole series, 1994-2005, carbon pigment print. Courtesy of the artist.
George Abend (1922-1976) “Untitled” 1962, oil on canvas. Collection of George Y. and LaVona J. Blair.

Summer Exhibits Kick Off with the Abstract Expressionists, Photographs, Prints, and Installation Art at FAM

Fresno, CA - The Fresno Art Museum will kick off the summer exhibits with the Opening Reception on Friday, June 29, 2007, 5-7pm. See details below, following exhibit descriptions.
 
Exhibits include the works of: The Blair Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism, Lita Albuquerque, and Joel Pickford.
 
1)  San Francisco and the Second Wave: The Blair Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism, 1945-1965
The Blair Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism showcases paintings that emerged from the second wave of creative life that marked San Francisco’s painting renaissance following the return of American soldiers from the fronts of World War II.  This work was informed by an allusion to and recognition of vastness of California’s elemental physical landscape and interior.
Conversation with the Collector: July 12, 7 pm
 
2)  Lita Albuquerque: Stellar Axis: Antarctica
Lita Albuquerque’s project, Stellar Axis: Antarctica, an exploration of the concept of a unified planet surrounded by and affected by starlight, is also an exploration of man’s relationship to the stars.  This project is a culmination of the artist’s decades-long exploration into the relationship between the stellar and the terrestrial through large-scale landscape installations and environmental interventions.
Conversation with the Artist: July 9, 8 pm
 
3)  Joel Pickford: Le Monde Créole
Distilling the themes of Southern Louisiana’s Creole world into visual poems, Joel Pickford has developed an extraordinary series of photographs that brings together the culture, history and landscape of one of America’s most distinct and anomalous regions.
Conversation with the Artist: June 22, 8 pm
 
On Stage:
Selections from the Elisabeth Dean Collection of French Prints
Conversation with the Collector: June 29, 12 noon
 
Continuing Exhibitions:
Earth, Fire and Stone:
Masterworks of Pre-Columbian Mexican Art Selections from the Kenneth E. Stratton Collection
David Alfaro Siqueiros: Ten Original Lithographs




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