The Painters
May 8 – 26, 2016

Reception: Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 11:00 – 4:00 pm

Curated by Visual Arts Assistant Professor Monique van Genderen

The UAG is a beautiful white box, part of the Mandeville complex designed by A. Quincy Jones. The architecture is of a school of thought attuned to the open-plan spaces of the modernist imagination, for which different understandings and pleasures are obtained: notably, the experience of entering a room and being able to take in the entire space all at once. I imagined a show in which you entered the space and saw all the way through, turning the space transparent. Sometimes a painting needs a long take, like the one afforded the Vija Celmins reproduction in Michael Snows Wavelength. Many of the painters that have shown in the UAG made relationships between the space, it’s formal architecture and it’s history.

This exhibition examines the legacy of paintings exhibited at the UAG over the last half century, since its founding in 1966. This gallery has made a significant impact over these years, showing work in a wide-range of styles and languages including not just abstraction and figuration, but painting associated with conceptual, narrative and political interests. The painting generated in this context has expanded the field, establishing the framework for conceptual painting, introduced new procedural techniques such as installation painting and strategized a relationship to abstraction that is not wholly formal.

Included in this exhibition are five gorgeous Lari Pittman paintings brimming with artful technique and loaded with allusive cultural content; a powerful, grid-based, striped painting from the 2000’s by Ed Moses; some succulent Richard Allan Morris paintings; a small Alex Katz borrowed from Special Collections; a John Altoon that rips its abstraction from a figurative ground; a Joan Brown painting on paper, a flower painting by Joe Brainard and collaborative text paintings by John Baldessari and Meg Cranston. Hanging like a shadow in front of the bisecting wall is an 18′ wide Manny Farber paper and oil collage addressing the alteration to this modernist architecture while questioning traditional painting supports. The exhibition will be accompainied by a collection of artist interviews curated by M.F.A. candidate Zebulon Zang.

Those contributing work during the last fifty make up a veritable who’s who of recent painting:

Guillermo Acevedo (1976), Terry Allen (1983, 1985), Laylah Ali (2009), John Altoon (1968, 2017), John Baldessari (1968, 1969, 2017), Salvador Barajas (1976) Jean Michel Basquiat (1986), Billy Al Bengston (1968, 1975, 1979), Ross Bleckner (1995), Pierre Bonnard (1975), Derek Boshier (1991), Paul Brach (1968), Joe Brainard (1987, 2017), Paul Branch (1985), Joan Brown (1980, 1982, 1988, 2017), Daniel Buren (1998, 2017), Vija Celmins (1975, 1982), Paul Cezanne (1975), Meg Cranston (2017), Henri Jim Dine (1980), Andre Derain (1975), Richard Estes (1969), Charles Felix (1976), Sam Francis (1975, 1982), Manny Farber (1980, 1982, 1992, 1995, 2017), Jean-Louis Forain (1975), Helen Frankenthaler (1968, 1970) Rupert Garcia (1976), Leon Golub (1992), Red Groom (1980), Philip Guston (1970), David Hockney (1980) Tom Holland (1974), Channa David Horowitz (1974), Alex Katz (1969, 1982, 2017), Mike Kelley (1988), Frida Khalo (1978), Anselm Kiefer (1986), Joyce Kozloff (1979) Roy Lichtenstein (1969, 1975), Hung Liu (1999), Yolanda Lopez (1976, 2017), Morris Louis (1968), Jean Lowe (1999), Maximilien Luce (1975), Brice Marden (1986), Richard Allan Morris (1988, 2017), Berthe Morisot (1975), Claude Monet (1975), Ed Moses (1974, 1975, 1982, 2017), Edvard Munch (1975), Jules Olitski (1970), Patricia Patterson (1972, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2017), Lari Pittman (1983, 1993, 2017), Camille Pissarro (1975), Philip Pearlstein (1968), Michelangelo Pistoletto (1969), Kim MacConnel (1979, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999), Oscar Melendez (1976), Ed Ruscha (1973, 1975, 1982), Robert Rauschenberg (1975), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1975), Faith Ringgold (1984, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2002) Susan Rothenberg (1986), Betye Saar (1979, 1981), David Salle (1986), Lucas Samaras (1979), Raymond Saunders (1980), Julian Schnabel (1986), Miriam Shapiro (1968, 1975) Paul Signac (1975), Ernie Silva (1980, 1984, 1988, 1995, 1997, 2002), Nancy Spero (1971), Frank Stella (1968, 1975), Philip Taffe (2001), Maurice Utrillo (1975), Domingo O. Ulloa (1976), Suzanne Valadon (1975), Emigdio Vasquez (1976), Carlos Villa (1966, 1971) Maurice de Vlaminck (1975), Édouard Vuillard (1975) Tom Wesselman (1969), Terry Winters (1986), Tom Wudl (1978), Richard Yokomi (1974)

* Artists bolded are featured in The Painters.

A special thank you to UC San Diego Special Collections, Quint Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Regen Projects, Meliksetian Briggs Gallery, and Baldessari Studio for their generous loans of works.


Making Communities:Art and the Border
March 3 – April 13
Reception, October 17, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

For the artists of Making Communities, the border is not just a as a physical reality imposed on the landscape by political forces and entities, but also a subject for the imagination and a site for social engagement and problem-solving. The multimedia exhibition in the University Art Gallery and SME Visual Arts Gallery features twenty artists whose work critiques and reassesses the border and imagines a more interconnected and just world. Contemporary Latino and Chicano art is also featured in a smaller, complementary exhibition in the Cross-Cultural Center galleries.

Extensions of Photography
October 7 – December 9
Reception, October 17, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Extensions of Photography will highlight artistic practices by former and current UC San Diego-affiliated artists and alumni who redefined the photographic medium and contributed significantly to the cultural life of San Diego and the United States. The exhibition spotlights how these artists have employed photography in complex and layered ways to introduce themes of everyday life and reveal the pressing histories of gender, class, racism, and political resistance, while also experimenting with the medium.

UC San Diego Faculty Club Exhibition
October 10 – December 25
Reception, October 17, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

As a complement to Extensions of Photography in the University Art Gallery, the department will be presenting an exhibition in the UC San Diego faculty club. The exhibition will be comprised of archival material including catalogs and posters, celebrating the history of the UAG. 

Co-curated by Emily Goodman, Ph.D. ’16 and Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13

Artists and Language, UC San Diego Geisel Library
October 24 – January 8
Reception, November 4, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

The Library is hosting two exhibits this fall both celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Visual Arts Department. The first, going up on October 24, is based on collections from the Special Collections and Archives and the second, going up September 26, is an exhibit covering the print publications of faculty and graduate students associated with the Department based on materials from the circulating collection.

Curated by Emily Goodman, Ph.D. ’16