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Pepperdine Presents 'Photos and Phantasy: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation'
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University presents the exhibit 'Photos and Phantasy: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,' on view from Sept. 16 through Dec. 10, 2006. The University community and local community members are encouraged to attend Family Art Day, on Oct. 14, from 12 to 2 p.m. Funded by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the exhibit is open to the public and there is no admission fee.
Over the course of the 20th century, photography came to be seen as an increasingly creative medium which artists could use to alter, as well as capture, reality. With the rise of digital imagery, photo-based art has evolved into a dynamic means of manipulating, instead of merely documenting, what is real. This exhibition highlights the many diverse ways that fantasy and photographic technology inform contemporary art. Featuring photography, painting, sculpture, and installations from the 1950s to the present, it includes works by John Baldessari, Richard Ehrlich, Gilbert and George, David Hockney, Joel Morrison, Robert Rauschenberg, Thomas Ruff, Annelies Strba, Andy Warhol, and John Waters, among others.
Highlighted Exhibit Artists:
California native John Baldessari rose to prominence in the late 1960s by combining elements of Pop Art and Conceptual Art. He combined mass media imagery with an exploration of language to create a unique body of work that has become a hallmark of postmodern art. Baldessari’s art typically incorporates photos from advertising and movies. Through witty edits and juxtapositions, he infuses these recycled images with new narrative significance. The resulting works are layered in meaning, often humorous, and draw our attention to the coercive power of popular culture.
David Hockney, the British Pop Art painter, has long explored the potential of photography. Intrigued by the mechanism of vision, he turned to the camera to investigate the way we see the world and began to create photo-collages. Called “joiners” by the artist, these works combine dozens of separate photos of a subject, taken from different angles and vantage points, into a single composite image. These fascinating images present vision as an active, creative force.
Thomas Ruff is a German artist currently regarded as one of the most acclaimed and groundbreaking photographers working today. Since the 1970s, he has created starkly objective images of everyday objects—faces of friends, night skies, and architecture. Ruff believes that photography can only capture the surface of things, conveying what he describes as “the authenticity of a manipulated and prearranged reality.” His precise images of familiar subjects have a stark and uncanny aura.
Works are on view at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in the Gregg G. Juarez Gallery, West Gallery, and Ron Wilson–Designer Gallery.
Tuesday through Sunday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and Thanksgiving Weekend (November 23–26)
For more information about the exhibit please call (310) 506-4851, or visit the Center for the Arts Web site.
About the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
Starting in the 1950s, Frederick Weisman began collecting a remarkable group of masterpieces of modern and contemporary American and European art. He demonstrated great vision by acquiring examples of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art long before these movements became popular. During Weisman’s lifetime, the collection was acclaimed as one of the most important private collections of modern art in the United States. Since his death, the Foundation has continued to collect work by new and young artists, fulfilling Weisman’s desire to leave a living legacy to the public.
Today his former residence, a historic Mission Revival home in Holmby Hills, displays a large portion of his collection. It is open to the public by appointment and maintained by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.