Study Groups
Lecture Series 2009

Bay Area Figurative Painting: A Creative Nexus
Wednesdays, March 25 and April 1, 8

Glen Moriwaki, a noted Oakland California painter, teaches at City College of San Francisco’s Fort Mason Art Center and, for the past ten years, has taught a summer painting workshop in the south of France. He received his MFA in painting at UC Berkeley where he studied with Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown.

  • The Bay Area Figurative School and its Postwar Context
    This celebrated style of American painting emerged from the nexus of art making and art teaching. Why, at a moment when imaginations were fired up over Abstract Expressionism, did Bay Area abstract painters turn to representation? We will discuss the principal artists David Park, Elmer Bischoff and Richard Diebenkorn and examine the complex influences upon their individual decisions to turn to figuration.
  • Paintings About Painting: A Closer Look Diebenkorn's Work
    We will focus on Richard Diebenkorn stressing his abiding fascination with composition, painting techniques and processes he employed. The issue of representation versus abstraction will be considered through examination of both his figurative and abstract works.
  • Modernist Painting and The Body
    Though Modern Art is often associated with non-objectivity, minimalist unitary forms or conceptualist dematerialization painted, the human being has persisted as a subject for art. We will track various technical and conceptual approaches to the figure over the last century in order to situate the movement in a wider context. Recurrent trends emerge in viewing the works of Matisse, Morandi, Hopper, and Diebenkorn or Picasso, Hockney, Freud, and Saville.

Cantor Arts Center Auditorium
4:15 to 6:15 pm
members: $75, non-members: $90

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