Los Angeles

“Painted Papers: Watercolors from Dürer to our Times”

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Timed to open simultaneously with the inauguration of the new Sterling Morton Wing, “Painted Papers” is an almost heroic attempt to survey the history of watercolor painting in the Western world over practically the past half millennium. Included in this vast retrospection are well over 150 works assembled from the museum’s own holdings as well as distinguished public and private collections throughout the United States. General Curator William Hesthal is responsible for the enormous task of organizing the exhibition, and for writing an excellent introduction to the handsomely illustrated catalog. An impressive number of watercolors from the Santa Barbara Museum’s collections include prominent examples by William Blake, Arthur B. Davies, Lyonel Feininger, Morris Graves, George Grosz, John Marin, Joan Miró, Diego Rivera, Auguste Rodin, and John Singer Sargent. In addition, conspicuously

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