The articles being published today reflect that viewpoints of several of our writers on the San Diego Arts scene at the end of 2017. You’ll find each piece as a separate publication on the San Diego Story site. We’re posting them alphabetically by the author’s last name…
VISUAL ARTS REVIEWS
To be avant-garde or not to be—that is the question examined in concurrent exhibitions exploring late 19th-century American artworks bearing the whips and scorns of time. Assembled by the Timken Museum of Art’s new Curatorial Director Derrick Cartwright, a two-part exhibition mindfully rubs conservative art against a new tide of natural shocks. As organized, such […]
Walter Pomeroy is a retired, modest salaried General Dynamics employee who built an amazing 400 work art collection. He has quietly lived in a suburban apartment (actually, now, three adjacent apartments) for many years beneath the views and under the radar of wealthier and supposedly more culturally inclined La Jollans of Mount Soledad. The grand […]
Artists can spawn either extraordinary aesthetic objects or spew demonically hilarious irony. Rather than being a noose or an old ball and chain, an artist’s spouse who is also an artist can be either an intellectual collaborator or an intense competitor who can bring-up the other spouse’s own game. “Significant Others” is a robust art […]
Featuring a stellar roster of talents such as artists Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Jonathan Green, the recently revived San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts presents a major cultural gift to San Diego. Alone, worthy of rushing to view the exhibition is Catlett’s magnificent, rare bronze sculpture titled “Portrait of a Man,” 1973. The museum’s new temporary art exhibition is on display at the SDSU Art Gallery’s (Downtown) venue… (read more).
Johannes Vermeer’s “The Woman in Blue Reading a Letter” now on exhibit at the Timken Museum of Art is one of the artist’s very best paintings, but other images and objects included in the boutique exhibition titled “Vermeer” serve to distract rather than enhance the Dutch Baroque masterpiece. With only thirty-five surviving paintings attributed to this baroque master, the odds of normally seeing one of his jewel-like canvases in San Diego are greater than winning the SuperLotto. This is real jackpot!….