Charles Garabedian: A Retrospective

Opening day for ongoing exhibit.

When: Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, 11 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Where: S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: $6 - $9

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Art (opening)


Charles Garabedian: A Retrospective
January 22 - April 17, 2011
Organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, this exhibition represents the first important museum presentation and catalog in 28 years devoted to the art of Charles Garabedian. Bringing together approximately 60 works created by the artist, the exhibition represents his entire career with an emphasis on paintings and drawings produced during the years since his first (and last) major solo museum exhibitions in 1983.

With a career that spans nearly 50 years, Garabedian explores themes of war, music, the body, dismemberment, heroism, comic pretension, love, and death—all conveyed with a sense of immediacy, intimacy, and poignancy. Underlying the work is the artist’s own elegiac confrontation with the joys and struggles that pervade our daily lives.

Each painting or drawing creates its own world yet also reflects the turbulent times in which it was made.
Garabedian's accomplishments and influence among artists on the West Coast in the last 30 years have been substantial. His persistently individual exploration of figure, landscape and subject matter paved the way for new generations of artists who demonstrated a renewed focus on imaginative representations of the figure.

Phone: 805-963-4364

Event posted Jan. 5, 2011
Last updated Jan. 5, 2011


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