BAKERSFIELD MUSEUM OF ART
LEGACY IN CONTINUUM: BAY AREA FIGURATION
March 22 – May 27, 2012
This exhibit features artwork by Bay Area figurative artists from the past to the present. After World War II, artists working in New York began to shift their school of thought from figurative painting to non-objective works with unconventional tools concerned more with expression than construction. Figurative work had become passé. As a possible response to this movement, artists in San Francisco began to deconstruct the figure rather than destroy it completely. They sought to reconcile the two genres, creating a distinctive style that is still present today. Nearly 60 years later, there are approximately three generations of Bay Area figurative artists. This exhibition features fifteen outstanding artists, which embodies the very first generation of Bay Area Figurative artists as well as the ripples the Bay Area Figurative Movement created and has passed on to generations of artists across the world.
Eduardo Alvarado, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Suhas Bhujbal, Richard Diebenkorn, John Goodman, Nathan Oliveira, Dennis Hare, Mitchell Johnson, Paul Wonner, Kim Frohsin, Waldemar Mitrowski, Siddharth Parasnis, Brook Temple.