Winter 2018 Exhibitions

The Bakersfield Museum of Art proudly presents the following Exhibitions:


Mark Adams: Works on Paper

January 25, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Works on Paper highlights thirty-six etchings, aquatints, and lithographs ranging in date from 1962 to 1996. Though now remembered for his luminous watercolors, San Francisco artist Mark Adams (1925-2006) began his career as a designer of tapestries, as well as stained glass pieces for liturgical buildings in America. In 1974, Adams grew frustrated with his craft and his lack of complete control over the creative process and devoted himself to painting in the hopes of creating small, intimate works. Adams realized that with watercolor, he could best apply his knowledge and techniques of working in flat planes of luminous and translucent color. The work on display depicts Adams' quintessential still-lifes and landscapes, all of which are painted with his luminous and compelling style and superb draftsmanship, iconizing the commonplace.

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LINE: Selections from the BMoA Permanent Collection

January 25, 2018 - August 25, 2018

As the shortest distance between two points, the line is a device that denotes chronological progression and leaves behind evidence of its trajectory. As a mode of confirming its existence as a single point in time, mankind’s earliest forms of expression involved simplistic renditions of its own physique and the life around it. These primitive expressions offer traces of a past that would cease to exist otherwise, becoming a single point in a historical network of visual stimuli that serves to represent the self in the real world.  

LINE chronicles an array of interpretations of the line from California artists throughout the course of over 50 years. These pieces from our permanent collection use line not simply as a realistic depiction of life, but to highlight and obscure the relationship between expected portrayals in movement, perspective, and repetition.


Continuing Exhibition:

Astrid Preston: Poetics of Nature

September 7, 2017 - April 14, 2018

Los Angeles based, Swedish born painter Astrid Preston has explored the real and invented landscape for over 30 years. Her work elegantly deals with aesthetic naturalism, remaking urban and rural wilderness into provocative, satisfying tapestries of life and crafted utopias. Her work has consistently taken technical and philosophical risks, establishing Preston as a leader in the realm of contemporary landscape painting.

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