Wayne Thiebaud

A Retrospective

October 22 – November 29, 2012

Left to Right:

Drumstick Dinner, 2012

Cupcake and Shadow, 1995-2012

Drink Syrups, 1964, Lent by Private Collection

Food Bowls, 1992-2005, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Two Flavors, 2003, Lent by Betty Jean Thiebaud

Two Donuts, 2003

Peppermint Counter, 1963, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Big Suckers, 1971

Condiment Bowls, undated

Pie Counter, 1963, Lent by Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Larry Aldrich Foundation Fund (64.11)

Lollipops, 1962, Lent by Private Collection

Cafe Cart, 2012

Left to Right:

Drumstick Dinner, 2012

Cupcake and Shadow, 1995-2012

Drink Syrups, 1964, Lent by Private Collection

Food Bowls, 1992-2005, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Two Flavors, 2003, Lent by Betty Jean Thiebaud

Two Donuts, 2003

Peppermint Counter, 1963, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Left to Right:

Pie Counter, 1963, Lent by Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Larry Aldrich Foundation Fund (64.11)

Lollipops, 1962, Lent by Private Collection

Cafe Cart, 2012

Left to Right:

Candy Bag, 2009

Four Ice Cream Cones, 1964, Lent by Phoenix Art Museum (Museum purchase-COMPAS funds)

Boston Cremes, 1962, Lent by Crocker Art Museum (Purchase, 1964.22)

Tulip Sundaes, 2010, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Left to Right:

Two Kneeling Figures, 1966, Lent by Betty Jean Thiebaud

Beach Figure, 2008

White Sand, 2001, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Girl with Ice Cream Cone, 1963, Lent by Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution (Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest Fund, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Porgram, and Museum Purchase, 1996) 

Left to Right:

The Speaker, 2003-08

Girl in White, 1979-96, Lent by Private Collection, New York

Five Seated Figures, 1965, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Left to Right:

Girl in White, 1979-96, Lent by Private Collection, New York

Five Seated Figures, 1965, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Two Kneeling Figures, 1966, Lent by Betty Jean Thiebaud

Beach Figure, 2008

White Sand, 2001, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Left to Right:

Mountain Split, 2011-12

Big Rock Mountain, 2004-12, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Canyon Mountains, 2011-12, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Yosemite Ridge, 1975, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Left to Right:

River Pool, 1997

Delta Farms, 2001

Reservoir and Orchard, 2001, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Green River Lands, 1998, Lent by Matthew Bult

Island River Farms, 1997, Lent by Private Collection

Left to Right:

Canyon Mountains, 2011-12, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Yosemite Ridge, 1975, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Winter Ridge, 2010

Big Condominium, 2008, Lent by the Artist's Studio

River Pool, 1997

Delta Farms, 2001

Reservoir and Orchard, 2001, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Left to Right:

Island River Farms, 1997, Lent by Private Collection

Urban Freeways, 1979, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Three Roads, 1983, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Uphill Streets, 1992-94

Mountain Split, 2011-12

Big Rock Mountain, 2004-12, Lent by the Artist's Studio

 

 

 

Left to Right:

Hot Dog Stand, 2004-12, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Pastel Scatter, 1972, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Hat Rack, 1999, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Shoe Rows, 1975, Lent by Betty Jean Thiebaud

Yo-Yos, 1963, Lent by Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1963)

Left to Right:

Jackpot, 2005, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Masks, 1970, Lent by Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud

Five Rows of Sunglasses, 2000, Lent by the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., (Gift of the Thiebaud Family, 2001)

Black Shoes, 1983, Lent by the Artist's Studio

Press Release

Open Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Acquavella Galleries is pleased to announce Wayne Thiebaud: A Retrospective, from October 23rd to November 30th 2012. Curated by John Wilmerding, the exhibition will include paintings, works on paper and prints spanning the length of the artist’s career from the mid 1950s to today. The exhibition will include all of the artist’s major subjects: confections and diner foods, figures and portraits, San Francisco cityscapes, Sacramento Delta panoramas and his California mountain series. In addition to significant loans from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; and Phoenix Art Musuem, the exhibition will also include multiple work from the artist’s personal holdings. “Like many artists, he’s held on to some of the best examples of his work from every period,” explained Mr. Wilmerding.

Wayne Thiebaud is one of the most celebrated artists working today. Best known for painting everyday objects from gumball machines to bakeshop windows, Thiebaud uses tactile brushwork, saturated colors and luminous light for a range of subjects he describes as “people, places and things.” Although associated with Pop art of the 1960s, Thiebaud depicts subjects that reflect a nostalgia and reverence for American culture that sets him apart from the stark commercialism of Warhol and his contemporaries. Thiebaud takes a formal approach to issues of color, light, composition and space, stating that his only intention when he paints is to “get the painting to a point of resolution.” This formality lends itself to all of his many subjects and is one the reasons why the masterful quality of his paintings has remained consistent over sixty years. It is this consistency that Wilmerding hopes to highlight in the exhibition. "We are delighted to be representing Wayne Thiebaud, a major figure in the development of 20th century art whose work is just as relevant and impressive today as it was when he first gained critical acclaim in the early 60's," said Eleanor Acquavella.

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) lives and works in Sacramento, CA. He has been widely recognized for his achievements as an artist and has received various prestigious awards such as the National Medal of Arts from President William Clinton, 1994; the Lifetime Achievement Award for Art from the American Academy of Design, NY, 2001 and he was inducted into The California Hall of Fame in 2010 at The California Museum, Sacramento, CA. His work has been exhibited in major museums and institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany; Phoenix Art Museum, AZ and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA. Thiebaud’s works are also in permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Crocker Art Museum, CA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

John Wilmerding is the Sarofim Professor of American Art, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He has written more than twenty books on American art and artists, including most recently monographs and catalogues on Tom Wesselmann, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, and George Segal. The fully illustrated catalogue Wayne Thiebaud: A Retrospective will be co-distributed by Rizzoli and will contain two essays – “Wayne Thiebaud: ‘The Emperor of Ice Cream’” by John Wilmerding and “The Lonely Crowd: Men and Women in the Art of Wayne Thiebaud” by art historian Pepe Karmel.

For more information please contact Prentice Art Communications
(212) 228-4048 or Bettina@PrenticeArt.com

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