Fine Arts News

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

After spending four decades dedicated to a singular and consistent practice, artist Barbara Kasten's first comprehensive survey "Barbara Kasten: Stages" is inarguably due. The show, which is currently on view at the Graham Foundation in the 79-year-old's hometown of Chicago, originated at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art, and per its title, presents stages of Kasten's career dating back to 1972, just after she earned her MFA at the California College of Arts and Crafts. The significance of the show's title, however, extends further.

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Barbara Kasten (born 1936, Chicago; lives Chicago) trained as a painter and textile artist, receiving her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in Oakland in 1970. There she studied with pioneering fiber artist Trude Guermonprez, a former teacher at Black Mountain College and an associate of Anni Albers. In 1971 Kasten received a Fulbright to travel to Poznań, Poland, to work with noted sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

Artist David Huffman explores ideas about identity, cultural trauma and social relationships through paintings, performance and sculptures that revolve around the symbolism of basketball and the space program. In this episode of Art School, watch Huffman at work in his studio as he explains his visual language that manifests as multi-layered imagery, blending abstraction with a psychologically-charged narrative.

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Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Pinder, who also is dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts, and Karen Fiss, a professor at the California College of Arts, worked on pulling together the exhibit for the past year.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Rema Ghuloum extracts evocative response from her surroundings, referencing subjective impulses or objects in her studio. Her eccentric brushstrokes lead the viewer into a journey of subtle colors and fascinating boundaries. A Sky with Edges features her most recent work, paintings and sculptures that explore spatial density with various textures and elevated softness. 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Not only is Kim Anno a painter, photographer, video-maker, activist, mother, and professor, she has also been a mentor and creative inspiration to me for several years, since my time as a graduate student. Ville Kansanen, is a photographer whose work I was recently introduced to by a mutual colleague while directing a media project in the Caribbean.

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

In her ongoing project Men and Women in Water Cities, painter and multimedia artist Kim Anno creates large-scale events in collaboration with actors, composers and dancers that culminate as finely-edited films.

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Performance artist Debby Kajiyama will participate in Rock the Garden, a free outdoor art extravaganza, 6pm -10pm, Friday, July 24, 2015 at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. Photo credit: Kim Anno From Cairo to Kyoto, artists from all over the world will come together to celebrate the artistic innovation of Montalvo's Lucas Artist Residency Program, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year (the oldest artist residency west of the Rockies).

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Untitled, 2015. Acrylic gouache on linen, 36 x 42 inches

New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) presents the work of CCA President Stephen Beal in an exhibition titled Stephen Beal: Warp and Weft Selected Grid Paintings 2005–15.

The exhibit explores 10 years of Beal’s grid paintings and is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date.

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Edith Garcia with Viola Frey's sculpture Woman with Elbow on Raised Knee (1994) at the Oakland Museum of California

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce artist and visual critic Edith Garcia is the 2015–16 Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor. Garcia is a sculptor, installation artist, and author noted for her innovative use of clay and haunting forms that reinterpret the figure. She has shown throughout the United States, Mexico, and Italy.

This fall she will teach Craft Theory and other courses; she will also give a free public lecture, “My Life in Sculpture,” at Nahl Hall on the Oakland campus on October 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Garcia is engaged in scholarship around “the absence and presence of human form” in figurative ceramics. As visiting professor she will have full access to the Viola Frey Archives at Artists’ Legacy Foundation in Oakland, a resource for scholars, curators, and the general public. Garcia plans to research a not widely known period of Frey’s work produced in the late 1970s.