On Location in Malibu: Paintings by the California Art Club
May 22 through August 7, 1999
Gregory Hull, Malibu Fields, 1999, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University is presenting an art exhibition, On Location in Malibu: Paintings by the California Art Club, from May 22 through August 7, 1999.
"Last year we had an exhibition of historic landscapes of Malibu featuring works from the 1890s through the 1940s," said Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. "It was such a success that I wanted to organize a sequel."
Dr. Zakian, curator of the exhibition, asked the California Art Club to invite their members to visit Malibu during this past year and paint their interpretations of the land. Responding enthusiastically, over 80 artists submitted over 300 paintings for review. Dr. Zakian selected 65 of the best works to be included in the exhibition.
The California Art Club was founded in 1909 and ranks among the oldest art organizations in the state. Early members included most of Southern California's leading Impressionists, such as Franz A. Bischoff, Edgar Payne, Guy Rose and William Wendt. Today the club numbers over 1,700 members, including 300 painters and sculptors. Their mission is to uphold the artistic standards and traditions of the club's founders. In addition, they play an important historical role by recording California's natural landscape before it is further altered by urbanization.
The paintings reveal that Malibu boasts far more than just its famous beaches. Views favored by the artists reveal a complex and varied topography, which includes not only shoreline, but also streams and woods, canyons and mountains. Many painters chose to work in Malibu Creek State Park because it preserves the way California appeared in its natural state.
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art and the California Art Club are publishing jointly an illustrated, color catalog featuring paintings from the exhibition and an essay by the curator. "On Location in Malibu: Paintings by the California Art Club" is on view in the Gregg G. Juarez Gallery, the West Gallery and the Mezzanine Gallery of the museum. Funding is provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and by Friends of the California Art Club.
Founded in 1992, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art is dedicated to bringing exhibitions with high artistic merit and educational content to the people of Malibu and the greater Los Angeles area. Address: Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263. Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. No admission fee
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