Current Exhibitions

Exhibition
October 8, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Spanning one century of groundbreaking images and featuring many of the world’s renowned artists, XXc ICONS of PHOTOGRAPHY presents a unique opportunity to view the best of world photography. From portraiture, landscape, photojournalism, abstraction, fashion and works that defy genre, this selection presents masterworks from private collections throughout California. The exhibition focuses on both well-known legendary images by preeminent artists as well as lesser-known masterworks that each provide insight into the rich diversity of fine art photography that ultimately dominated expression in the 20th Century.
 
This collection testifies to the evolution of the art form that, more than any other medium, has shaped and changed every aspect of how we view our world. Included are works by Adams, Abbott, Arbus, Atget, Avedon, Baer, Bernhard, Bourke-White, Bullock, Callahan, Capa, Caponigro, Cartier-Bresson, Clergue, Cunningham, Frank, Friedlander, Haley, Karsh, Kertesz, Leibovitz, Loranc, Mann, Mapplethorpe, Modotti, Moholy-Nagy, Muybridge, Newton, Penn, Ray, Ryuijie, Salgado, Sella, Sheeler, Sherman, Sokolsky, Steichen, Stieglitz, Strand, Sudek, Takigawa, Uelsmann, Weems, Edward and Brett Weston,  and Winogrand.  
Exhibition
October 8, 2016 to December 30, 2016
A great match for wine country, Pairings: 16 Artists Creatively Combined brings together artworks, rather than food and wine, in order to create surprising but harmonious combinations.

"I'm excited to be bringing together such a dynamic group of contemporary artists for this exhibition,” said Bethke. “The theme of pairings is a great one for wine country, and indeed a number of the artists in the show are based in Sonoma County. I have to say, it's been great fun playing with how pairings might be applied to the visual arts. I hope visitors to SVMA are as engaged by savoring these varied tastes on their 'visual palates' as I have been."

Focusing on contemporary art made in the last decade, Pairings includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, video art, and more. The sixteen artists featured in the exhibition have been brought together into pairs, to highlight points of intriguing connection between their works.

With artistic themes such as skillful realism, inventive portraiture, the natural world, and even picturing the invisible, visitors to Pairings will enjoy savoring these diverse offerings. 

Artists include:
 
Jaq Chartier
Lauren DiCioccio
Don & Era Farnsworth
Bernadette Jiyong Frank
Scott Greene
Dan Jackson
Laine Justice
Nina Katchadourian
Jenifer Kent
Hugh Livingston
Emma Luna
Sandra Ono
Deborah Oropallo
Mary Shaffer
Esther Traugot
Jane Woolverton

Guest Curated by Jennifer Bethke

Upcoming Exhibitions

Exhibition
January 14 to April 2, 2017

Eye of the Beholder – The Sculpture and Early Prints of Nathan Oliveira offers a fascinating glimpse into the significant artistic accomplishments of a pivotal post-war artist. This survey of Oliveira’s early printmaking career bridges astonishing early work from the late 1940s and traces his artistic development through the 1950s and 1960s. These lithography works are dramatically paired for the first time with later bronze sculptures that provide perhaps one of the most unique and insightful views into the creative contributions of the artist.

Printmaking was much more than a sideline production for Nathan Oliveira. It was in fact a central part of his artistic development throughout his long career. As testimonial, Oliveira was the youngest artist to be included in the 1959 New Images of Man exhibition at NYMOMA, and soon after he turned away from painting to devote himself completely to printmaking. Sourcing rare and well-known works generously loaned from private collections and the Oliveira estate, this exhibition promises an unequalled view of the lithography and sculpture of Nathan Oliveira.

Exhibition
January 14 to April 2, 2017

Karl Albert Kasten (1916-2010) pioneered materials, techniques and theory as artist, teacher and inventor. Celebrated as “The Dean of California Printmaking,” Kasten began his teaching career at the California School of Fine Arts in 1941, and established the first printmaking departments in California at San Francisco State University and the University of California Berkeley in 1950, where he taught until 1983. Ranging from early representational prints through a multitude of styles and processes including etching, aquatint, lithography and collography, this exhibition offers a rich opportunity to survey one of the pivotal voices in the evolution and advancement of modern graphic arts.

 
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