FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Sculptural Paintings:  Carlos Estrada-Vega”
“Recent Acquisitions:  The O. Walter Donnenfeld Collection”
September 8 – October 23, 2005
Reception:  Thursday, September 8, 6 – 9pm
Art Talk by Carlos Estrada-Vega:  Thursday, September 8, 6:30pm



Riverside Art Museum
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Carlos Estrada-Vega, “#87-11”, 2005, mixed media on paper, 10 in. x 10 inches.

The Riverside Art Museum is proud to present new work by artist Carlos Estrada-Vega in the Bobbie Powell Gallery  Estrada-Vega is known for his sculptural paintings composed from multiple small canvas covered cubes and short dowels.  These smaller objects are generously painted and assembled together magnetically.  The small painted cubes and dowels that comprise each work can vary painting to painting and range from 12 to 5,000.  From afar the works look very monochromatic but on closer inspection the viewer will be surprised to see dozens of additional colors in each composition.

In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, Christopher Knight says of Estrada-Vega’s art, “In addition to joyous, this is sly and savvy work.”  This exhibition will also include Estrada-Vega’s new works on paper.  As part of the Museum’s Monthly Art Forum Lecture Series, Carlos Estrada-Vega will give an ART TALK on September 8, 2005 at 6:30pm.

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The Riverside Art Museum is proud to announce the exhibition of a major collection of paintings recently donated to its permanent collection by the artist O. Walter Donnenfeld.  This gifted collection, over 50 oils on canvas and mixed media works on paper, spans nearly six decades of the artist’s career in New England and Southern California.  

Riverside Art Museum’s Executive Director, Daniel Foster states, “These paintings are exceptional, and fully reflect the artist’s talent and development over his career.”  Donnenfeld’s paintings, although focused primarily on the figure, are also accomplished studies in abstraction with strong emphasis on composition and color.  His subjects often exist in a solitary and distorted spatial plane, challenging the viewer to construct deeply personal, even psychological, narrative and meaning.

This exhibition surveys Donnenfeld’s range of approaches and techniques developed during his long artistic career.  At 81 years of age, Donnenfeld continues to experiment and paint regularly in his San Diego studio.  Upon completion of this exhibition, the Riverside Art Museum will make the O. Walter Donnenfeld Collection available to travel nationally for exhibition.

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The Riverside Art Museum is housed in a National Historic Landmark building designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan. The Riverside Art Museum is a private, non profit organization "Dedicated to Education Through Visual Art." In addition to hosting over 20 varied exhibitions in five different galleries annually, the Museum serves the community through cultural programming and special events.



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