On display September 19, 2013 – January 6, 2014 are four exciting exhibitions for the whole family: Works by Roland Petersen, Karen Shapiro, Robert Townsend, Alfredo Arreguín, and children from BMOA’s education programs.
Please join us for our opening reception, Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm.
Roland Petersen: A Retrospective
Presenters: The Dolores F. and Victor S. Cerro Endowment for Art Exhibits, The Blue Ribbon Circle, Aera Energy LLC
Sponsors: John and Liv Carver, San Joaquin Community Hospital, Phil and MaryLee Zander, Chevron
Earning a reputation as one of California’s leading contemporary artists, Roland Petersen’s richly colored paintings are a masterful syntheses of abstract expressionism, gestural figuration, and advanced color theory. His work integrates still life, figures and landscape into complex compositions that are beautiful and enigmatic but still retain a strong sense of place.
As an active figure in the Bay Area art scene, Petersen is known for his instrumental role in the evolution of two San Francisco artistic schools—abstract expressionism and the Bay Area figurative movement. After receiving his master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Petersen continued his studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, under the great artist and color theoretician Hans Hofmann. Hofmann’s teaching proved seminal to Petersen’s artistic development throughout his thirty-six year tenure at the University of California, Davis.
This exhibition features over thirty works including his vigorous gestural paintings of the 1950s and his vivid colored “Picnic” series, highlighting his prolific career as one of the most prominent living California artists.
Back by POPular Demand: Work by Karen Shapiro and Robert Townsend
Karen Shapiro and Robert Townsend are two contemporary artists who create work based on memory and imagination through well-considered distillation and playfully deceptive use of scale. The rigorously precise photorealistic works by Robert Townsend display a sweet tooth for classic California and a gently cynical wink toward childish things. Karen Shapiro also looks to the past for inspiration in order to create her larger-than-life clay sculptures of everyday items. Together, these two artists present a thorough look at a nostalgic culture.
Diseño de Cultura: Paintings by Alfredo Arreguín
Sponsors: Chevron, The Bakersfield Californian Foundation, Bright House Networks
Arreguín was born in Mexico and references memories from his childhood to create multilayered paintings of prominent Mexican figures and landscapes ranging from the rainforests of Mexico to the terrain of the Pacific Northwest. Arreguín’s creative vision goes beyond these influences as he derives inspiration from sources that include art forms from Korea and Japan. This exhibition highlight his large-scale paintings, characterized by distinctive and pervasive patterned backgrounds, elaborate details and images in intense colors of figures, objects, and themes that are reflective of the Northwest and Mexico.
Celebrating Art Education: Select Works from BMOA’s Education Programs
Sponsor: Bright House Networks
Featured in the Corridor space the BMOA will be highlighting select work from the BMOA’s Education Programs. Throughout the year, Bakersfield Museum of Art instructors travel across Kern County providing art education to children of all ages. Each group of students provides a new perspective. This exhibition features some of these young artists from both on-site and outreach programs during the 2013 year. Exhibited work, selected by Museum instructors, was produced during class time and will highlight the importance of art education as an integral part of childhood development.