It’s crappy and cold and rainy out and I don’t even recognize the weather in L.A. anymore: the whipsawing temperature, the nasty edge we rarely felt even in rainy season. That is your arts·meme weather report. Whiny.
One solution might be In the Land of Sunshine: Imaging the California Coast Culture at Pasadena Museum of California Art. That might be just the thing to do. Get idyllic weather from a painting. The golden light. That just-right, temperate zone. All so comfortable. All emanating from a canvas.
The show assembles approximately 90 paintings inspired by the stunning vistas, lifestyles, and industries existing along the California coastline.
Spanning from the mid-1800s to the present day, the oils, acrylics, and watercolors represent the diversity of California’s artistic style as well as the surfers, sailors, sport fisherman, and residents of the beaches, harbors, cities, and ranches that dot the coastal region.
The show looks extremely cool. Let’s go to the beach — in Pasadena.
Dennis Hare, The Cove (Monterrey) [detail], 1982. Watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Mark and Jan Hilbert Collection
Roger Kuntz, Interior with Figure (from Girl Against the Light series), 1966. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48 inches. Gary Lang Collection
Land of Sunshine: Imagining the California Coast Culture | Pasadena Museum of California Art | thru Feb 19