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"The Vibrant Edge: Paintings of Karl Benjamin from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s"
2008-07-19 until 2008-10-19
Oceanside Museum of Art
USA United States of America
Oceanside Museum of Art presents the radiant work of Karl Benjamin in the upcoming exhibition The Vibrant Edge: Paintings of Karl Benjamin from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, which opened with a preview reception Saturday July 19th. The exhibition is on view through October 19, 2008. The Vibrant Edge illustrates how this West coast painting icon became known as one of the founding fathers of Hard Edge. “Color is the subject matter of painting” according to Benjamin, whose oeuvre spans over a half-century. Since the early 1950s, Benjamin has been filling canvases with carefully orchestrated color that vibrates in geometric shapes with clean, crisp edges. He was one of four artists featured in the landmark 1959 exhibition “Four Abstract Classicists,” along with Lorser Feitelson, John McLaughlin, and Frederick Hammersley.
Benjamin was twice awarded with the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Visual Arts and his work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Seattle Museum of Art, among others. He is professor emeritus at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School where he taught painting for many years.
Los Angles art critic David Pagel will present a slide lecture on the art of Karl Benjamin at the museum on August 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Pagel is chair of the art department at Claremont Graduate University. Admission to the slide lecture is $5 and is complimentary for OMA members.
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