November 11, 2009 – February 21, 2010

Frank Lobdell Figure Drawings

Although he is known primarily as a San Francisco Abstract Expressionist painter, Frank Lobdell participated in weekly figure-drawing sessions throughout his career. He used these weekly drawing sessions as a springboard to develop a vocabulary of abstraction that was informed by a study of the human body and grounded in the formal issues of expressionist gesture and line. This exhibition, organized by Anne Kohs & Associates, features approximately 60 figure drawings in ink, pencil, crayon and wash dating from the 1960s and 1970s, including several works by Lobdell’s former sketching partners Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff and Nathan Oliveira that illustrate how each artist approached the figure in a unique way.

February 17, 2010 – July 4, 2010

Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China

Wu Changshuo, Qi Baishi, Huang Binhong and Pan Tianshou
This landmark exhibition illuminates a turning point in the development of Chinese ink painting during the 20th century. Drawing upon paintings and calligraphy on loan from Chinese collections new to American audiences, the exhibition highlights the monumental portraits, vibrant bird-and-flower painting and spectacular landscapes by Wu Changshuo (1844-1927), Qi Baishi (1864-1957), Huang Binhong (1865-1955) and Pan Tianshou (1897-1971). Collectively known in China as the “Four Great Masters of Ink Painting,” these artists faced the dual challenges of negotiating the impact of encounters with the West while inventing new directions for long-held practices of ink painting.

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