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Upcoming Exhibitions


Winter/Spring 2022

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February 5 to June 26, 2022

In February 2022, the Fresno Art Museum will present a retrospective exhibition of the work of Northern California painter Chester Arnold entitled Reports to the Contrary: A Persistent Vision - Paintings 1971-2021 by Chester Arnold. The exhibited masterworks will span the years 1971 through 2021 and will come from the artist's personal collection, select private collectors, the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, and Bay Area museums.

Chester Arnold was born in Santa Monica, California in 1952. From the age of five, he lived and went to school in Munich, Germany where his father, a linguist and field agent, worked for a United States Intelligence Unit. From 1957 to 1969, Arnold lived in a post-war atmosphere that profoundly affected his ideas about humankind and the world-forging sense of social responsibility that has seldom escaped expression in his paintings. His education was replete with studies in the humanities, but it was exposure to the great museums of Munich and Vienna that shaped a belief in the power of painting to communicate beyond words--a power that he has pursued ever since.

Upon graduation from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988, Arnold began a fruitful teaching career (paralleling his studio practice) in classes taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, and for the first two decades of this century as a senior fine arts faculty member at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California.

Arnold has shown his work extensively from coast to coast, and his paintings can be found in many public collections, notably at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, and the Seven Bridges Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Fresno Art Museum has drawn upon these institutional collections as well as private holdings in North America and the U.K. to prepare for this 50-year retrospective opening in February 2022.

Since 2003, Chester Arnold has been represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco where his work is seen regularly in both solo and group shows.

Curator: Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director and Chief Curator 


 

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February 5 to June 26, 2022

The year 2022 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Ansel Adams, considered one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Adams’ photographs and writings in the Sierra Club Bulletin. A life-long environmentalist, Adams is best known for his black and white photographs of the American West, especially his iconic images of Yosemite National Park. His work has inspired successive generations of photographers and environmental advocates. The exhibition Ansel Adams: 120 Years celebrates the life and legacy of this great American artist through a selection of images from our permanent collection.

Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Curator


 

Andy Warhol: Portfolios 
A Life in Pop

Works from the Bank of America Collection

February 5 to June 26, 2022

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was one of the central figures of the Pop Art movement and one of the most recognizable artists of the second half of the 20th century. Warhol acquired fame through his work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, filmmaking, and publishing, but printmaking was always a central part of his art and his way of viewing the world. Through prints, Warhol explored the aesthetics and mechanics of mass-produced images and popular culture.

This exhibition includes portfolios and individual prints by Warhol, starting with iconic works from the mid-1960s to the series of monoprints Vesuvius, created in 1985. These prints demonstrate many aspects of Warhol’s art, including his brilliance as a colorist, which can be seen in the early Flowers and Sunset series. In later series, Warhol experimented with the silkscreen printing process to create complex surface layers. Warhol was a master at identifying the defining cultural images of his time. 

This exhibition is made possible through the 

 

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Art in our Communities® program.

The Bank of America Art in our Communities® Program was established in 2009 in order to share the company’s art collection with the widest possible audience.  Comprising the art collections of the predecessor banks that are now part of Bank of America, the program offers museums and nonprofit galleries the opportunity to borrow complete or customized exhibitions at no cost.  The public is able to enjoy new art installations at its local museums, while the museums themselves are able to generate vital revenue.  Since 2009, more than 130 exhibitions have been loaned through this one-of-a-kind program.