California Calling: Works from Santa Barbara Collections, 1948 - 2008
Eclectic, inventive, anti-conformist…these are just a few of the widespread characterizations of artists who have lived and worked in the richest, most diverse, and most populous region of the United States since the end of World War II. Drawn primarily from the SBMA’s permanent collection and local private collections California Calling: Works from Santa Barbara Collections, 1948 - 2008 was a two-part exhibition highlighting works from a selection of artists and movements in California from the past sixty years—a period that generated some of the most innovative and critically recognized art in the world.
Part I (July 18 - December 27, 2009) included: Terry Allen, Robert Arneson, Herbert Bayer, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Karl Benjamin, Dorr Bothwell, William Brice, Morris Broderson, Vija Celmins, Ronald Davis, Roy De Forest, William Dole, Tim Ebner, Fred Eversley, Sam Francis, Joe Goode, Frederick Hammersley, John Hultberg, David Ireland, Ynez Johnston, Rico Lebrun, Helen Lundeberg, John McCracken, John McLaughlin, Ed Moses, Nathan Oliveira, David Park, Channing Peake, Carter Potter, Betye Saar, James Strombotne, Joan Tanner, Wayne Thiebaud, James Turrell, Peter Voulkos, Howard Warshaw, William T. Wiley, Guy Williams, and Paul Wonner.
Part II (September 12 - December 20, 2009) included: Edgar Arceneaux, Phil Argent, Gary Brown, Chris Burden, Ingrid Calame, Karen Carson, Dan Connally, Liz Craft, Russell Crotty, Paul Dillon, Terry Fox, Jack Goldstein, David Hammons, Tom Knechtel, Peter Krasnow, Charles Long, Dan McCleary, John McCracken, Aaron Morse, Lee Mullican, Patrick Nickell, Lari Pittman, Ken Price, Roland Reiss, Ed Ruscha, Paul Sarkisian, Alexis Smith, Brad Spence, Fred Tomaselli, Joyce Treiman, and Tom Wudl.