“Mr. President” by Llyn Foulkes

“Mr. President” by Llyn Foulkes

Summer Arts Preview: Visual Art

Left Coast Brings the Art Stars Here

Despite the fact that collecting contemporary art has never been more competitive or more expensive, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) continues to find and acquire the best of the best, as is amply demonstrated by this fascinating and timely show. There are 30 artists, all of them are connected in one way or another to Southern California, and a remarkable number of them have been the focus of recent international acclaim. Take, for example, Llyn Foulkes, who had a huge 2013 thanks to the Hammer Museum’s major retrospective of his work; he was the talk of New York City last summer when that show hit the New Museum. The SBMA has acquired one of Foulkes’s most iconic images, an unforgettable painting from 2006 called “Mr. President.” Elsewhere you will find a great Mike Kelley drawing that could easily be in his massive retrospective currently on view at MOCA in Los Angeles, but it’s not because it’s in this show instead. Less-well-known artists, great contemporary photographers, and even a few people who might be your neighbors round out a most stimulating summer treat. At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art through Sunday, September 14. Call 963-4364 or visit

More Visual Art

Structure. wall space gallery, through Sunday, July 6.

Starting Here: A Selection of Distinguished Artists from UCSB. UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum, through Sunday, August 10.

Ann Baldwin and Judy Hintz Cox: Re/Introduction. Artamo Gallery, Thursday, July 3 - Sunday, July 27.

Driven to Abstraction. Carpinteria Arts Center, through Monday, July 21.

Ruckus. Arts Fund Gallery, Saturday, July 12-Wednesday, August 13.

Marinella Senatore: Building Communities. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, through Sunday, August 17.

“Hues from Brown to Pink” by Carlee Fernandez
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“Hues from Brown to Pink” by Carlee Fernandez

Jon Francis: Let Icons Be Icons. Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, through Sunday, August 31.

Living in the Timeless: Drawings by Beatrice Wood. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, through Sunday, August 31.

Susan McDonnell: Curioser and Curioser! Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, through Sunday, August 31.

Ken Bortolazzo: Moving On. Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, through Sunday, August 31.

Las Pinturas de La Fiesta. Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, through Sunday, August 31.

Joseph Donovan: Solace. wall space gallery, Tuesday, July 8 - Sunday, August 31.

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