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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': THIRTY YEARS OF COLLECTING

March 8th – July 31st, 2014
Palm Springs Art Museum

California Dreamin': Thirty Years of Collecting includes art works purchased by the Palm Springs Art Museum with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council and other contributors since 1984. The acquisitions were created by contemporary artists who worked in California or were influenced by spending some time in California during their artistic careers. The artworks are multi-faceted, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.

Joan Brown, After the Alcatraz Swim No. 3, 1976, enamel on canvas, gift of Steve Chase in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Contemporary Art Council, 1994, (c) Palm Springs Art Museum
Llyn Foulkes, The Last Outpost, 1983, mixed media assemblage, museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 1989, (c) Llyn Foulkes, 1983
William T. Wiley, The Seething, 1984, charcoal, pastel, graphite and acrylic on canvas, museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 1985, (c) William T. Wiley
Tony Berlant, Soho #12, 1986, found metal and steel brads over plywood, museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 1987, (c) Tony Berlant and Palm Springs Art Museum
Robert Motherwell, The Big 4, 1986, acrylic and chalk on canvas, Gift of the Dedalus Foundation and Museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council and Gift of the Dedalus Foundation and museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, Robert E. Armstrong, Donna and Cargill MacMillan, Jr., Edith and Edward F. Anixter, Leisa and David Austin, Helene Berman, Marian and Stanley Brown, Judy and Rogue Hemley, Fay and Frank Kat, (c) Dedalus Foundation Inc. /Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Peter Shelton, Littlesister, 1999, fiberglass and polyester resin embedded with wire, museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 2001 (c) Peter Shelton (Courtesy: L.A. Louver, Venice, CA)
Roy DeForest, Painters of the Rain Forest, 1991, polymer paint on linen with wood and mixed media, museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 1992; and Irma and Irvine Robbins, (c) Roy DeForest and Palm Springs Art Museum\
Christopher Brown, 800 Hours, 1992, oil on linen, museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 1993, (c) Christopher Brown and Palm Springs Art Museum, Photograph by Avra - Waggaman
Enrique Chagoya, Promesa (Promise), 1994, museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 1997, (c) Enrique Chagoya
William Allan, Wyoming Pond, 1998, oil on canvas, museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 1998 (c) William Allan, Photograph by Schopplein Studio
Peter Voulkos, Bucci, 2000, wood-fired stoneware, museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 2002 (c) Peter Voulkos Estate
William Morris, Raven with Urn and Incised Drawings, 1999, blown glass and steel stand, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council and Leisa and David Austin, 2004, (c) William Morris
Mark Bradford, Rat Catcher of Hamelin IV, 2011, mixed media collage on canvas, Museum purchase with funds provided by Donna MacMillan, the Contemporary Art Council, the Annette Bloch Acquisition Fund, the Collectors Forum, the Dorothy and Harold Meyerman Honorary Fund, Myrna Kaplan, and funds derived from a previous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Maslon, (c) 2011 Mark Bradford
An-My Le, 29 Palms: Captain Folsom, 2003-2004, gelatin silver print, edition 3/5, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 2008, (c) Image courtesy of An-My Le and Murray Guy, New York
Nathan Oliveira, Untitled Standing Figure 1, 1989, oil and vine charcoal on canvas, © Estate of Nathan Oliveira, museum purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 1990, and the General Acquisition Fund

This is the first time these artworks have been on exhibition together. As well as a celebration of the commitment of the Contemporary Art Council to growing the museum’s collection of significant contemporary artists, this exhibition is a survey of art in California since the 1980s. By this time it was recognized that New York was no longer the art capital it had once been. Important, cutting edge art movements were emerging from around the country throughout, in California perhaps more than anywhere else.

Several art movements significant to California and to the history of art are represented, including San Francisco Bay Area Figurative (such as Nathan Oliveira and Christopher Brown); Funk Art (William Wiley, Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest) assemblage (Llyn Foulkes and Michael McMillen); Light and Space (Helen Pashgian and Jim Isermann); Hard Edge/Geometric Abstraction (Ed Ruscha, Ronald Davis); Latino (Enrique Chagoya Rupert Garcia and Enrique Martinez Celaya); and others (Mark Bradford, David Hockney, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Therrien, Peter Voulkos, Peter Shelton and more).

This exhibition is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum and funded in part by the Contemporary Art Council and its Gold Sponsor Beth and Fred Karren. Additional support is provided by Jacqueline Ackerman, Jessica and Gary Grace, and Newman’s Own Foundation/Patty and Arthur Newman.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: Joan Dale and R.D. Hubbard, Dorothy and Harold J. Meyerman, Annette and Ted Lerner, JoAnn McGrath, and Deborah and Kenneth Novack.