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Art After Dark: 'Beauties Beasts'


  • WHEN Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • WHERE Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $25 - $60

Inspired by the "Beauties Beasts" pop-up exhibition that runs through Nov. 27, 2016 this Halloween party gives a first look at the beauties by Olivia De Berardinis and beasts by Jordu Schell. Come as you are, or in your most irreverent costume to enjoy art and music experiences. Food trucks and tempting libations will further feed your senses.

Is there a place in the human imagination where the glamorous and the grotesque can co-exist in harmony? Many artists would say yes, it’s possible to portray sensuality and monstrosity as compelling complements to one another. Bob Self certainly thinks so.

The curator of last year’s Carnival of Astounding Art strikes again, this time with a sideshow-themed exhibition that showcases the works of two legendary artists—Olivia De Berardinis and Jordu Schell. De Berardinis is one of the world’s most renowned pinup artists. Her iconic paintings of gorgeous women (many commissioned by Playboy magazine) are a case study in “Beauties.”

Schell is a preeminent creature artist, and his detailed sculptures of original monsters certainly qualify as “Beasts.” In our ever-changing popular culture, there is the ongoing notion that “opposites attract.” It’s a notion that Self exploits as he juxtaposes the work of these two artists who have never before been exhibited together. Indeed, their work doesn’t even appeal to the same audiences. Or does it?

Are romanticized versions of flawless beauty and profound deformity really that different from one another, or are they extreme variations on the same artistic point of view?

Call 760-435-3721 or visit the Oceanside Museum of Art website for more information.

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