Gangelhoff, Bonnie, Southwest Art
BEST OF THE WEST
SAN FRANCISCO.... Collectors and visitors to the Bay Area may want to consider a stop at John Pence Gallery this month. The gallery offers a stellar show of works by some of the country's top landscape painters, including William Davis, Stock Schlueter, Arturo Tello, W.L. Palmer, and Clark Mitchell. The theme of the presentation is winter, and the show offers a sampling of paintings that capture the country's natural wonders. The scenes ranee from Joseph McGurl's alluring depictions of California's Monterey Bay to Dorothy Morgan's haunting portrayals of desolate South Dakota farm lands.
Winter Landscapes, through January 20, John Pence Gallery, 415.441.1138, www.johnpence.com
PASADENA.... Tirage Fine Art Gallery presents new works by gallery artists, including Tony Peters, John Brosio, Eric McLean, and James Crandall, this month. The works range in subject matter from Peters' Los Angeles-area streetscape to Brosio's mysterious figurative piece that depicts a young man wearing an ominous mask. The artists in the show share a common artistic history-all of them are alumni of Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. Moving Closer, January 15-February 5, Tirage Fine Art Gallery, 626.405.7020, www.firogeart.com
A Figure for the Times
LOS ANGELES.... Figurative art is regarded as a mainstay of traditional art throughout history. This month Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts focuses on California modernist interpretations of the figure during the early 20th century. During this time, Golden State painters brought a boldness of color, composition, and sensuality to the time-honored genre. The show includes portraits of flappers, expressionistic renderings of Adam and Eve, and depictions of mothers and children. The exhaustive survey of works features paintings and sculptures by Mabel Alvarez, John Emmett Gerrity, John Langley Howard, Helen Clark Oldfield, Otis Oldfield, Ralph Stackpole, and Bernard Zakheim, among others. …