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Jorge Pardo Cuban, Untitled (Sea Urchin), 2012 Aluminum, molded Plexiglas, canvas, electrical cords, light bullb. SBMA, Museum Purchase with funds provided by The Museum Contemporaries and the 20th Century Art Quasi Endowment Fund.
  Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
August 31, 2014 – January 4, 2015

This exhibition brings together a selection of painting and sculpture from the Museum’s permanent collection dating from 1958 to 2014. Recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past—including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design. Earlier works, each part of significant movements in abstract painting, articulate reductive forms suggesting a distinctively utopian view of the future. By sampling and mixing substantial works of the present with the past, this installation aims to provide a glimpse into an ongoing and dynamic dialogue between the two. 

 


Mario Ybarra, Jr., Go Tell It #1, 2001. Color lightjet print. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by Hilarie and Mark Moore and the Moore Family Trust.
  Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art
May 25 - September 14, 2014

Since it opened its doors in 1941, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art has consistently been dedicated to collecting—an activity that has contributed to the growth of the permanent collection in significant ways. Art produced on the West Coast is a major part of this endeavor. Left Coast presents an overview of the Museum’s collecting habits in contemporary art over the past five years. Featuring over thirty works in a variety of media, including painting, photography, works on paper, and sculpture, many of the works in the exhibition are on view at the Museum for the first time. Tying these works together is the pervasive sense of individuality demonstrated in each, adding weight to the justification of the delineation of this side of the country as not just the West Coast, but also the “Left” Coast.

The exhibition is comprised of works from artists in various stages of their careers, ranging from emerging to established, and regionally to internationally recognized. All of these artists have at one time lived, worked, or exhibited in Southern California.  Artists include Amy Adler, Kevin Appel, Brian Bress, Dan Connally,  Russell Crotty, Tony De los Reyes, Roy Dowell, Carlee Fernandez, Mark Flores, Llyn Foulkes, Jack Goldstein, Ken Gonzales-Day, Lyle Ashton Harris, Zach Harris, Adam Helms, Richard Jackson, Kim Jones, Mike Kelley, Elad Lassry, Allison Miller, Kori Newkirk, Lari Pittman, Ken Price, Lucas Reiner, Steve Roden, Sommer Roman, April Street, Robert Wechsler, and Mario Ybarra, Jr.

 


Honoré Daumier, Viens donc..., mon ami, je ne trouve pas..., EXPOSITION DE 1859, no. 11, Published in Le Charivari, June 21, 1859. Lithograph, Delteil 3143. SBMA, Gift of Robert M. Light.
  Daumier’s Salon: A Human Comedy
March 23 – October 5, 2014

In the second half of the 19th century, Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) was employed by popular rags, such as La Caricature and Le Charivari to produce often hilarious lampoons of Parisian daily life. One of his favorite subjects was the art world in 19th-century France. Daumier was, after all, not only a chronicler of the Parisian art scene, but a participant as well. A prolific artist working in a variety of media—in addition to lithography, Daumier produced a vast number of paintings, drawings, and sculpture—Daumier was intimately familiar with the art, artists, and audience to whom he gravitated time and again in his caricatures.

This selection of lithographs from the permanent collection, curated by former SBMA exhibition intern Elizabeth Saari Browne, situates Daumier’s observations of the art world within the context of the annual Salons, the exhibitions in which art and its producers, consumers, and critics were brought together. Spanning almost 25 years of his career, these lithographs not only showcase Daumier’s attitudes toward the exhibition, valuation, and commercialization of art, but also reveal his knowledge of contemporary art practice and the history of art through the artist’s habitually trenchant puns and witty references, which are illuminated in detail in the exhibition didactics. Through the recent gift of more than 1,500 Daumier lithographs by long-time supporter, Robert M. Light, SBMA is now one of the richest repositories of the work of this celebrated master of 19th-century caricature on the West Coast.

 


Edgar Degas, Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts, ca. 1891. Oil on canvas. Michael Armand Hammer and the Armand Hammer Foundation.
  Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation
Ongoing

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by The Armand Hammer Foundation. The mandate of the Foundation is to share an extraordinary collection of works bequeathed by its founder with the public by lending to museums throughout the country.

The paintings on view from The Armand Hammer Foundation represent just a small fraction of the ravishing collection put together by Dr. Armand Hammer (1898-1990), perhaps best known for the extraordinary works of art he donated to his namesake institution, the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1965 through 1990. These works complement seamlessly our Museum's rich holdings in the areas of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Artists represented include Pierre Bonnard, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Auguste Renoir.

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