Saturday, January 02, 2010

Wayne Thiebaud at PMCA

You have just about a month to see a gorgeous exhibition of a major American painter. JW and I traipsed up to Pasadena today to check out Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. We've always been fans of his particular style of pop art -- vibrantly colored, painterly depictions of mass market kitch -- but this exhibit shows a lot more than that, from arresting portraits to unusual landscapes and cityscapes. It's a rich, satisfying show, and well worth a trip.

This was my second visit to PMCA, and it did much to cement my fandom. It's a small museum, but both times I've visited there were three stellar shows on view (the other two currently on view are here and here). It's also right next door to the Pacific Asia Museum and Vroman's Bookstore, so one could easily make an afternoon of it.

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