OCMA has a rich history of showcasing modern and contemproray art for more than five decades.
One of the recurring themes in California art over the past century is the relationship between abstraction and landscape. Particularly in Southern California, a deep schism opened up in the 1930s between naturalist landscape painters and those of a more modernist inclination, and the breach has never entirely healed. This exhibition of more than 100 artworks taken exclusively from OCMA's collection analyzes the evolution between these various schools.
OCMA Chief Curator Dan Cameron will present a selection of artworks made between 1970 and 1989, which were acquired by the Orange County Museum of Art in the past three years.
At Sarkisian & Sarkisian's core is a long-overdue, California survey of video artist Peter Sarkisian (born 1965, Glendale, CA), and the artist's father, Paul Sarkisian (b. 1928, Chicago) with 22 video sculptures by Peter Sarkisian and nearly a dozen paintings by Paul Sarkisian, the exhibition hints at a comparison between the distinct approaches of two artists who happen to be father and son.
The Avant-Garde Collection traces the museum’s acquisitions highlights across five decades, with a specific focus on the evolving definition of avant-garde during that period.