Dan Christensen at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Dan Christensen - Serpens, 1968

Dan Christensen, "Serpens," 1968, acrylic on canvas, 112 x 173-1/2 inches

Lisa N. Peters

We recently received a note from Julie Joyce, curator of contemporary art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, letting us know that Dan Christensen’s Rana (1968) has been included the museum’s current exhibition, Colorscope: Abstract Painting, 1960-1979 (on view March 20-August 15, 2010).

Consisting of works mostly from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition considers abstract painting in the era when artists shifted their focus from abstract expressionism’s surface manipulation to a new concentration on nuances of color and lighter, more lyrical types of handling. The show brings to the fore such aesthetic modes as post-painterly abstraction, color field painting, lyrical abstraction, hard-edge, and op art.  These approaches followed each other in such rapid succession that the critics could barely manage to label them before the artists using them moved on, creating new stylistic variations.  As the artists carried on dialogues among themselves in which they rethought  old rules and piggybacked on each other’s ideas, they constantly challenged the boundaries of painting. Continue reading

Congratulations Frank Wimberley!

Frank Wimberley, portrait

Frank Wimberley

Congratulations are in order for Spanierman Modern artist Frank Wimberley, who has been awarded top honors at the 72nd Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition!

Wimberley, who lives in Sag Harbor and New York, shows an original visual language in his paintings. Bold experiments with texture and color are central to his fresh and forceful abstract canvases.
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