State of the Art: Cal­i­for­nia

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There’s some­thing in­her­ently artis­tic about Cal­i­for­nia. Just the name it­self brings to mind images of sparkling blue coast­lines, the daz­zling city lights of Los An­ge­les and San Fran­cisco, and the Hol­ly­wood sign—it’s a cul­ture of easy­go­ing beach dwellers, surfers, artists, writ­ers, di­rec­tors, ac­tors and cre­ators, and mil­lions of tourists travel there each year to get a glimpse of that al­lure. And though the vibe dif­fers dra­mat­i­cally from Socal to Nor­cal, the un­der­tones of art stay firmly rooted through­out the Golden State. A West­ern fron­tier state, much of Cal­i­for­nia’s cul­ture— es­pe­cially in the south­ern and cen­tral regions—also re­flect a great deal of Mex­i­can and Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­ture.

The Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West is lo­cated in the city of Los An­ge­les, a me­trop­o­lis of arts or­ga­ni­za­tions, galleries, mu­se­ums and events. The Autry holds ex­hi­bi­tions cel­e­brat­ing West­ern and Na­tive art through­out the year, in­clud­ing one of the most note­wor­thy West­ern art events in the coun­try, the an­nual Masters of the Amer­i­can West Art Ex­hi­bi­tion & Sale. The 2019 ex­hi­bi­tion and sale, open­ing Fe­bru­ary 9, show­cases the paint­ings and sculp­tures of 64 pre­mier con­tem­po­rary West­ern artists, in­clud­ing Cal­i­for­nia artists Z.S. Liang, Jeremy Lip­king and Mian Situ. New to the show this year are painters G. Rus­sell Case, Howard Post and Eric Bow­man.

Show­ing a range of art­work from his­toric to con­tem­po­rary, Maxwell Alexan­der Gallery, also in LA, has a for­mi­da­ble col­lec­tion of South­west­ern and land­scape pieces. Mod­ern artists rep­re­sented at the gallery in­clude Natalie Feather­ston, Lo­gan Maxwell Hagege, Glenn Dean, Billy Schenck and many other prom­i­nent West­ern painters.

Lo­cated just north in Pasadena is Amer­i­can Legacy Fine Arts, an­other re­spected gallery ex­hibit­ing con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional fine art, rep­re­sent­ing the tal­ent of Bill An­ton,

Tim Sol­l­i­day and many oth­ers. Down in the south­ern part of the state is the Olaf Wieghorst Mu­seum in El Ca­jon, cel­e­brat­ing the work and life of one of the great painters of the Amer­i­can West, known for his cow­boy, Na­tive Amer­i­can and equine art­work.

Auc­tions featuring his­toric West­ern art can be found through­out the state as well,

in­clud­ing Bon­hams’ L.D. “Brink” Brinkman Col­lec­tion on Fe­bru­ary 8 and the Cal­i­for­nia and West­ern Paint­ings and Sculp­ture sale on April 16.

The an­nual Cat­tle­men’s West­ern Art Show & Sale, held in Paso Robles from March 29 to 31, brings to­gether the works of 50 West­ern artists ex­hibit­ing paint­ing and sculp­ture. Pro­ceeds from the event spon­sor agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties for 4-H, the Cal­i­for­nia FFA As­so­ci­a­tion and Cal Poly stu­dents. This year’s fea­tured artist is third­gen­er­a­tion Cal­i­for­nian and highly col­lected artist Vicki Cat­a­pano.

Through­out the pages of this spe­cial sec­tion, col­lec­tors will also find in­for­ma­tion and art­work from Cal­i­for­nia-based plein air painter Terry d. Cha­con.

The Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West in Los An­ge­les. Photo by Danielle Kle­banow.

The Casa del Prado in San Diego’s Bal­boa Park. Cour­tesy Sandiego.org.

The Olaf Wieghorst Mu­seum in El Ca­jon hon­ors the work of Olaf Wieghorst, who lived in the com­mu­nity for 44 years.

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