Harriette Von Breton

  • Irma Cavat

    A Street in Athens is a brilliant urgent series of scenes by Irma Cavat at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Cavat’s street in Athens concepts were born when she lived there on a recent sabbatical from UCSB, where she is an Assistant Professor of Art. She became fascinated with this colorful area where transients visited and prostitutes worked, people with no homes, families or roots, searching for meaning in their detached lives.

    Feminine in her selectivity and sensuous use of paint and color she has used acrylic paint but also additional media, such as collaged sheets, draperies and shutters,

  • Howard Fenton and Michael Arntz

    The work of Howard Fenton and Michael Arntz is combined in an indoor/outdoor show at the Esther Bear Gallery. These two UCSB artist-teachers work in entirely different media and highly individual forms and images. Fenton exhibits paintings and drawings, Arntz displays large ceramic sculptures.

    Fenton refers to himself as an “Orientalized Westerner.” The term is apt; in these new paintings and drawings he has conceived oriental symbols that have the excitement of Western movement, color and space relationships with the under-stated oriental selectivity.

    Fenton spent 1957 in Japan (on a sabbatical

  • Margaret Mallory and Ala Story Collections

    The combining of these two collections is a happy wedding of the personal selections of two women of discrimination and taste, who have made art and artists the center of their lives. Both started to collect not as Collectors but simply as two people in love with art.

    The works of art were acquired to live with and enjoy and neither Miss Mallory nor Ala Story have departed from this original commitment to art for art’s sake although many of their acquisitions have since turned out to be important financial investments. This purely personal joyous pleasure in art permeates both collections and

  • Robert Thomas

    Massive pieces of polychrome wood sculpture, mounted in an inner circle, form the center core of the Robert Thomas retrospective sculpture exhibition. Displayed around this totem ring is an impressive collection of cast bronze pieces that are diverse and memorable. This show encompasses 13 years of Thomas’ work, most of it done while teaching at UCSB.

    Thomas, with Conway Pierson, built and organized the foundry for bronze casting at UCSB which was one of the first foundries of its size on the West Coast at the time. It required six months of testing and corrections to adjust the difficulties;

  • Clark Worswick

    These pictures were shot between 1959–1964 and are all of India. The exhibit is said to be the largest show of photographs by a single photographer ever to be exhibited on India.

    India is a photographer’s dream, with its abundance of material, colorful, exciting, challenging and it is obvious that Worswick has enjoyed his explorings. He has intelligently restrained himself from trying to shoot and do everything; instead he has captured the underlying rhythm of India, its people and its landscapes.

    The photographs are a remarkable report and resume of temples, tombs, mosques, dancing girls, interior

  • Kurt Kranz

    Bauhaus-trained Kurt Kranz studied under Kandinsky, Klee and had Mies van der Rohe as his Director in the final year of the Bauhaus. He subsequently went to work with Herbert Bayer as a commercial artist. He is presently a member of the faculty of the Art Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara and will return to Hamburg in June to continue his teaching.

    Kranz’s prints and serigraphs are lucid, readable pictorial thinking. He has a prodigious sense of analysis and develops his drawings and prints from a single theme that he augments into as many as 150 variations. The linear

  • Phoenix

    Six days of ceremonies have launched the opening of the new $1,000,000 wing of the Phoenix Art Museum. Under the aggressive Directorship of Forest M. Hinkhouse the Museum has grown to become the cultural heart of a vast geographical area that comprises all of Arizona, and parts of Utah, New Mexico and Texas.

    The architecture of the Phoenix building is starkly simple in contrast, for example to the over-designed new Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Designed by Allen B. Dow of Midland, Michigan, it is essentially a series of massed volumes of blocks arranged around spacious courtyards. Not a great

  • “Sculpture and Drawing Exhibit”

    With the intense revival of sculptural activity dominating the scene there will be more and more sculpture shows and surveys. This one at the Bear Gallery ranges from major sculptures such as Jack Zajac’s Big Skull in Two Parts, a compelling, powerful piece in the heroic tradition, to novices’ work.

    The exhibition consists of 13 artists, several in and of the Santa Barbara area. Robert Thomas comes off particularly well with seven pieces of sculpture, the most interesting his recent polychrome wood sculptures that are interchangeable and can be moved about and rearranged to produce a variety of

  • Robert Moesle

    Moesle was a fellow student of Kitaj and Borthwick at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art in England. A figurative painter, practically all of his paintings have some kind of allegorical social comment. His paintings are not as bright, colorful or bold as his fellow artists’ but he has the same energetic drive to extend his art outside a merely formal frame of reference. This new show adds penetration and depth to his skillful watercolors and embarks on oils with a new concept. Recently returned from Paris, where he has been working for the past three years, he now lives in the Santa Cruz

  • Arizona Artists

    The 7th Arizona Annual was held this year in Yuma, Arizona under the sponsorship of The Yuma Fine Arts Association. Arizona has become a fast flowering, robust hot-bed of cultural bloom. Now very much a part of the contemporary scene and forging ahead with expanding facilities of all kinds, including University Art departments, Art Associations and an influx of talented and competent artists, it is awash with activity and vitality. The Phoenix Art Museum under the directorship of Dr. F. M. Hinkhouse and his Assistant Director, Donne Puckle acts as a stimulant and nerve center for the entire

  • William Dole

    The unusual unity of William Dole’s retrospective exhibition is visual evidence of his impeccable selectivity and the continuity of his vision. Dole is a master of symmetry, balance and structure and to these he brings a rare and often lively sense of color that builds his beautiful collages to nearly perfect things. In his controlled and sensitive work Dole has not succumbed to the demands of the market place for large, noisy, shocking pictures, but in spite of this, or perhaps because of it, he is in great demand and is represented in many of the significant collections of this country and

  • Corda

    Corda is a young new artist exhibiting for the first time at the Esther Bear Gallery. Her recent paintings and drawings were done in and around Rome and the Italian coast, where she has lived for the past few years with her sculptor husband Jack Zajac. Her work is in direct contrast to her husband’s, which is powerful, masculine and at times brutal. Corda is feminine, poetic, delicate and at times seems to be painting shadows rather than substance.

    She creates a strange sense of scale with these illusive figurative paintings which blend into and almost escape into the canvas, rather than dominating