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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Millard Sheets Exhibition

Art historian extraordinaire Gordon McLelland sent this invitation over for the new Millard Sheets retrospective:
Be sure to set aside the date Saturday, February 13th for the opening reception. 7 to 9 pm.

Millard Sheets: The Early Years (1926-1944)
Main Gallery
February 14 – May 30, 2010

The first cohesive survey of this remarkable period in the oeuvre of Millard Owen Sheets features a cross section of eighty outstanding oils, watercolors, drawings and lithographs, a number of which have not been publicly displayed since the 1930s. Millard Sheets: The Early Years (1926-1944) illustrates how Sheet’s personal style captures Southern California’s rise to prominence through the lens of the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression; as well as his powerful influence on many of the other important artists of the time.  The featured works are from the years before the end of WWII, during which Regionalist Art and American Scene Painting was in its heyday and Sheets, the West Coast leader of the movement, was arguably at his creative zenith as a painter. The exhibition features seminal works from the golden age that established Millard Sheets alongside the other premier American artists of the era, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, and Edward Hopper.

This exhibition is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art and curated by Gordon McClelland.

Special Reception
Saturday, February 13, 5-7pm
Join us in celebrating the work of Millard Sheets with a special tour and talk with the Sheets family, Curator Gordon McClelland and PMCA Exhibition Manager, Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin.
Wine and Cheese
For more information about tickets, please contact Emma Jacobson-Sive at emma.jacobson@pmcaonline.org

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 13, 7-9pm
Cash bar and music
$5 admission
Free for PMCA Members

Exhibition Walkthrough
Sunday, February 28, 3pm
Curator Gordon McClelland leads a guided tour of the exhibition

Sunday, March 21, 3pm
Janet Blake, Curator of Collection of the Laguna Art Museum, gives a visual lecture on the work of Millard Sheets