FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American Art
November 6, 2005-February 26, 2006

Ruby Osorio: Story of a Girl (Who Awakes Far, Far and Away)
October 30, 2005-February 19, 2006



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(l.) Ruby Osorio, Mushroom Grass, 2004, (triptych), detail, gouache, thread, and ink on paper, 23 x 91 inches. Courtesy of the artist and cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles.
(r.) Gabrielle Bakker, Eve and Her Conscience, 1998, egg tempera and oil on two panels, 12 x 20 inches each. Courtesy of the artist.

(Laguna Beach, CA) Laguna Art Museum presents two exhibitions for its fall exhibition schedule. Opening first on October 30, 2005, is Los Angeles-based artist Ruby Osorio’s  first solo museum exhibition in California, Ruby Osorio: A Story of a Girl (Who Awakes Far, Far Away). The exhibition features her unique gouache paintings on paper that incorporate thread and ink that explore female identity and its construction through whimsy with a punch. Osorio makes connections between the ephemeral nature of the medium and a distinctly feminine psyche. Ruby Osorio was born in Los Angeles, California, where she currently lives and works. Support for the exhibition comes from Chris and Marsh McCall and Charlotte and William Ford.

A full-color catalog published by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, features essays essays by Shannon Fitzgerald and Sue Spaid, and an interview between the artist and Tyler Stallings. The catalogue is distributed by D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publisher. The exhibition was originally conceived and organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and curated by the museum’s chief curator, Shannon Fitzgerald. A revised version has been reorganized for Laguna Art Museum by the Museum’s chief curator, Tyler Stallings.

Opening on November 6, 2005 and continuing through February 26, 2006, A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American Art features the recent work of fifteen North American artists who deploy a range of figurative and narrative modes in painting, sculpture and mixed media. As artists who matured in the Post-Modern milieu of the late twentieth century, they ponder the meaning of human embodiment by rendering states of physical, mental and spiritual brokenness. The result is often an upending of traditional and conventional notions of beauty in the human form, coupled with the quest for redemption and hope in personal moments or historical events. The title of the exhibition, "A Broken Beauty", originates with Simone Weil (1909-43), the French metaphysical philosopher who saw a symbiotic relationship between beauty and brokenness that she felt was essential to our understanding of the complexities of the human condition in the modern world. The exhibition was curated by Gordon Fuglie, director of the Laband Gallery at Loyola Marymount College in Los Angeles, California. After closing at Laguna Art Museum, the exhibition will then travel to the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre, in Toronto, Canada and will be on exhibition from April through May 2006. Support for this exhibition comes from Joni Rehnborg and Gail Garner Roski.
 
Support for the Museum’s exhibition schedule has also been provided by the Laguna Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau, the Business Improvement District, The Festival of Arts Foundation, and South Coast Plaza.
 
RELATED EVENTS

Sunday, November 6, 2005 at 1:00 p.m.
Gordon Fuglie, curator of A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American Art and director of the Laband Gallery at Loyola Marymount College, will lead a discussion with artists Erica Grimm-Vance, Richard C. Harden, Bruce Herman and John Nava
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Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.
Artist Ruby Osorio and Laguna Art Museum chief curator, Tyler Stallings, will discuss Osorio’s current exhibition A Story of a Girl (Who Awakes Far, Far Away).

Sunday, February 5, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.
Artist Patty Wickman, one of the artists in  A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American Art will lecture on the exhibition and her art.
 
Lectures are free to members and free to non-members with Museum admission

CONCURRENT EXHIBITIONS
California Art from the Permanent Collection: Part I, The Beginning, 1832-1925
Greetings from Laguna Beach: Our Town in the Early 1900s
Conceptual Photography from the Collection
Fresh Start Art: Student Work from Segerstrom Fundamentals High School, Santa Ana

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Richard Pettibone: A Retrospective
March 12-May 28, 2006
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.

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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. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 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 <http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org> .




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