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Charles Garabedian, The Eunuch, 2003-04. Acrylic on paper.
Private Collection, Courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery,
New York, NY.
Charles Garabedian: A Retrospective
January 22 - May 1, 2011 Exhibition extended!

Organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, this exhibition represents the first important museum presentation and catalog in 28 years devoted to the art of Charles Garabedian. Bringing together approximately 60 works, the presentation represents his entire career with an emphasis on paintings and drawings produced during the years since his first (and last) major solo museum exhibitions in 1983.

With a career that spans nearly 50 years, Garabedian explores themes of war, music, the body, dismemberment, heroism, comic pretension, love, and death-all conveyed with a sense of immediacy, intimacy, and poignancy. Underlying the work is the artist's own elegiac confrontation with the joys and struggles that pervade our daily lives.

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Creative Community Interview
Curator Julie Joyce discusses Charles Garabedian's work on The Creative Community with host David Starkey:

Radio Interviews
Listen to an interview with artist Charles Garabedian and curator Julie Joyce on the Arts and Antiques radio show on AM 1290 with host Elizabeth Stewart:

Listen as Charles Garabedian describes his SBIFF film selections in an interview on KDB hosted by Apryl Lundsten:


Charles Garabedian, Culver City Flood, 1976. Watercolor and collage. Collection of Aileen and Ronald Bonaparte.

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Charles Garabedian, September Song, 2001-04. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of the Artist, Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

Guide By Cell
Enjoy a free Guide by Cell audio tour of selected highlights of the exhibition using your cell phone. Listen to a selected group of artists, writers, and others offering their personal insights of Garabedian's work. Details are in the Museum galleries.


Charles Garabedian, Study for the Iliad, 1992. Acrylic on paper on panel. Gift of the Friends of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Gallery Tours
With admission to SBMA, you are always invited to participate in a free docent-led gallery tour, which begins every day at noon in the lobby at the State Street entrance. The following tours focus on the Charles Garabedian exhibition:

      April - 16 at noon; 17 at 1 pm


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