Monday, December 28, 2009

Laguna Art Museum Opens its Vaults

By RICHARD CHANG
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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The current exhibition, 'Collecting California,' presents gems from the permanent holdings.

There's a California that doesn't get discussed much amid talk about the economy, housing, health care, global warming and changes in the population.

California is still the creative capital of the West, if not the entire United States. Disney, the movie business, television, the surf and skate industries, and high-tech companies such as Apple all continue to have firm foundations here in the Golden State.

Article Tab : Untitled, or In the Garden, c. 1922, by Mabel Alvarez. Oil on canvas. Promised gift of Nancy Dustin Wall Moure. On view at Laguna Art Museum through Jan. 17.
"Untitled, or In the Garden," c. 1922, by Mabel Alvarez. Oil on canvas. Promised gift of Nancy Dustin Wall Moure. On view at Laguna Art Museum through Jan. 17.

California's creative energy is also reflected in its visual art. Since the 1960s, Los Angeles and Southern California in general have risen to global status in the art world.

Through Jan. 17, the Laguna Art Museum is showcasing works from its permanent collection in "Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum." More than 80 artists are featured in the exhibit, which spans 150 years and takes up all of the museum's ground floor and basement galleries...

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