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'Transitions: Works By Françoise Gilot' Exhibition & Reception


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until November 13, 2011[days & times]
  • WHERE Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $10

"TRANSITIONS: Works by Francoise Gilot"
June 12 - November 13, 2011

Interested in mythology, symbolism, and the power of memory, French/American artist Françoise Gilot expresses complex philosophical ideas with lyrical accessibility. "Transitions: Works by Françoise Gilot" features a collection of oil paintings and works on paper that highlight her interest in color relationships and the fine line between figuration and abstraction. Gilot uses abstract organic shapes to reflect her interest in the formal arrangements of lines and planes, tone-color coordination, and her respect for simplicity.

Also known for her earlier relationship with 20th century icon Pablo Picasso, Gilot resided for many years in La Jolla with her husband, polio vaccine pioneer Dr. Jonas Salk. Gilot currently divides her time between studios in New York and Paris. This exhibition is curated by Mel Yoakum, Ph.D., who began his close professional association with Francoise Gilot in 1987.

Be the first to see the exhibition at the Preview Reception on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 5-7 p.m. Complete with wine and creative hors d’oeuvres made by OMA’s Culinary Arts Committee, the reception is complementary for OMA members and $10 for nonmembers.

The theme of this exhibition explores the transitions in Gilot’s life and work that formed her artistic voice. Relying on structures, rhythms and color, Gilot often challenges the boundaries between figuration and abstraction by evoking rather than describing, to heighten the surface tension of the canvas and to entice and engage the imagination of the viewer. Featuring over 40 works of art, including oil paintings, watercolors, gouaches, monotypes and original prints, this exhibition will explore the evolution of Gilot’s unique abstract, symbolist style from the early 1960s to her more current work.

Location: Oceanside Museum of Art: 704 Pier View Wy., Oceanside, CA 92054-2802. Google Map.

Museum Hours:
Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
Sun 1pm-4pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays

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