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Exhibition Celebrates Work By San Diego Artists Baldessari, Baldwin, Morris And Matheny

Evening Edition

Aired 7/3/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Exhibition Celebrates Work By San Diego Artists Baldessari, Baldwin, Morris And Matheny

GUESTS:

Tara Smith, Deputy Director & Chief Curator Oceanside Museum of Art

Dave Hampton is curator of Spitting In the Wind: Art From the End of the Line by Richard Allen Morris, John Baldessari, Bob Matheny and Russell Baldwin which opens July 5 at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Transcript

Think about mid-century modern art in America and what names come to mind?

Maybe Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns or Andy Warhol?

Very different artists with one thing in common: They were all based on the East Coast.

West Coast modern artists routinely have been overlooked by the art establishment, and that's even more true for artists at the last stop of the United States West Coast, right here in San Diego.

An exhibition of the work of four mid-century San Diego artists gets underway this weekend at the Oceanside Museum of Art. The show is called "Spitting in the Wind, Art From The End of the Line" by Richard Allen Morris, John Baldessari, Bob Matheny and Russell Baldwin.

In 2012 Baldessari told KPBS about the freedom that came from the isolation.

"Because no one was looking over my shoulder," he said. "I never would have done those text things anywhere else. Who cares but me? I can do anything I want!"

Comments

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danperagine | July 3, 2014 at 2:52 p.m. ― 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Great Piece, I enjoyed listening. Thanks for giving a platform to the past artists in San Diego at Oceanside Museum of Art! Also, to know that the trend of cullture in this county remains adolescentt for its working artists for 50 years. Whats wrong with this community? There is so much great talent here.

I approached the San Diego Museum several years ago about exhibiting a deceased San Diego artist and got no where.

I should get involved at Oceanside Museum!
Thank You

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danperagine | July 3, 2014 at 2:57 p.m. ― 3 months, 3 weeks ago

check out http://cherkasart.com, a former San Diego artist , died in 2011, worked with Fechin, Gaspard, schooled at the Moscow Academy . a great colorist, in the modernist tradition.

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bobmatheny | July 5, 2014 at 8:24 a.m. ― 3 months, 3 weeks ago

the formal reception for this show is saturday july 12th from 6-8pm.

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