Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, SBMA Behind the Scenes

Unfurling Sam Francis’s Sail

No Comments 08 February 2012

[galobj viewid=103] The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time has reached Santa Barbara! On Wednesday, SBMA’s preparators assembled and hung the first work of the Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951-1969, which opens this Saturday. The untitled painting, a monumental Sam Francis canvas from 1967 measuring approximately eleven feet by twenty-two feet, hung in McCormick Gallery in 1969 when SBMA installed seven of these mural-sized works, appropriately referred to as Francis’s “sail paintings.” Two earlier works by Francis will hang alongside Untitled, illustrating the artist’s exploration of how white most effectively connotes space and how color can fill or define it.… read more

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