This Saturday, the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) will kick off the month of October with three new exhibitions. One of them is from a well-known artist, another is from a prestige collection, and another one presents creative and radical ways to ceramic art.
First up is “Character Studies: Clay from the Collection”. This exhibiton is literally a celebration of the Bay Area being the epicenter for pioneering clay movements. Works consist of ceramic sculptures, considered to be widely inventive expressions of the human figure, and raniging from earthy abstractions to larger-than-life busts and whimsical characters. Works are drawn from SJMA’s collection and loans from a new generation of Bay Area artists, who are continuing to make innovation among the medium.
“Character Studies” features works created in Northern California during the last forty years. Artists include Lynn Horseman Leeson and Richard Shaw.
Next up is “Artists Including Me”. This exhibition features works by William Wegman, best known for his heartwarming and funny photographs of his Weimaraner dogs. However, “Artists Including Me” is expected to introduce viewers to another side of the artist, as feature works paints a reflection on his life and on his artistic heroes, which include Edward Hopper, Leonardo da Vinci, and 19th century Bay Area photographers Carleton Watkins ad Eadweard Muybridge. Works include a selection of Wegman’s early conceptual, cartoon-like drawings from the 1970s and 1980s, recent paintings, and of course, works featuring his dogs.
And finally, there’s the exhibition “Diebenkorn in the Bedroom, Defeo in the Den: Gifts from the Dixon and Barbara Farley Collection. This consists of works collected by the Marin County couple, showing a dedication in preserving the legacy of California artists (particularly those from the Bay Area). Works featured in the exhibition are intimate in scale, and was known for covering every square inch of wall space in the Farleys’ home. Featured works include Richard Diebenkorn, Jay Defeo, Richard Serra, Bruce Conner and Claes Oldenburg.
All three exhibitions are on view until February 7th. Log on to www.sjmusart.org for more information.