The Moment of Form: The Paintings and Monoprints of Don Weygandt
An exhibition of paintings and monoprints by the American artist Don Weygandt will be shown at the Wiegand Gallery on the College of Notre Dame campus in Belmont, from March 14 through April 20, 2000. The opening reception is Sunday, March 19th from 2 to 4 p.m.
Don Weygandt was born in 1926 in Belleville, Illinois. Completing his M.F.A. at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Weygandt became friends with Richard Diebenkorn who was then teaching at Urbana. He later moved to California and taught at the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1960s along with Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira, and Frank Lobdell. Though Weygandt associated with members of the Bay Area Figurative School, his approach to figurative painting had been established prior to the development of these friendships. A professor at University of California, Santa Cruz for 25 years, Weygandt has also been a visiting artist at Stanford University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Iowa.
Weygandt's figurative work represented in the show includes Half Nude with Gray Skirt and Girl Reading a Book, in which his sensitive handling of paint, his reworking of surfaces are superbly illustrated. As Robert Poplack, Curator, has stated, "Often what is important in the work is what is not there, what is left out, what is unspoken, and what is suggested. It is this economy of means that lends the work its power and can be found in his early paintings of women and landscapes."
Continuing the tradition of earlier artists like Morandi who worked from still lifes, Weygandt's paintings draw our attention to the everyday world, its lusciousness and its transitoriness. Still Life with Orange Flowers (1980s-90s) and Dark Peaches (1980s) convey the directness of his work as well as his attempt to capture the specificity of the light, the color, the composition. (left: Dark Peaches, 1980s, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, Collection of Clara Weygandt)
A catalogue with 21 color reproductions and an insightful essay by Norman Locks, a photographer and Chair of the Art Department at UC Santa Cruz, is available.
Excerpts from catalogue essay by Norman Locks, Art Department Chair at UC Santa Cruz
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