Sherin Guirguis, Qasr El Shoaq, 2010, mixed media, 69 x 94 x 27".

Newport Beach

2010 California Biennial

Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
October 24–March 13

Curated by Sarah Bancroft

Due in part to its many art schools; its sizable, affordable studio spaces; and, perhaps, that legendary laid-back lifestyle, California has an abundance of artistic talent, and the Orange County Museum of Art has been reaping these bounties for its biennials since 1984. For this year’s survey, curator Sarah Bancroft (who is relatively new to the state) selected some forty-five artists and collectives from California’s major metropolitan areas. Unlike the 2008 biennial, which extended the exhibition to sites throughout California and even Mexico, the 2010 presentation is more or less traditional—a show at OCMA of film, video, painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper, and performance that seeks to gauge the region’s current climate. The works will range from the political (b.a.n.g. lab and Wu Tsang) to the delightfully neurotic (Barry MacGregor Johnston and Tucker Nichols) to the indulgently formal (Sherin Guirguis and John Zurier).