Earlier today, we were given the opportunity to take a walk through Santa Barbara Museum of Art‘s (SBMA) newest exhibits, Delacroix and the Matter of Finish (Oct. 27–Jan. 26) and John Divola: As Far As I Could Get (Oct. 13–Jan. 12). Believe us when we say that both of these showings are not to be missed. Check out some photos below for a sneak peak at the exhibitions, and be sure to make it over to SBMA during 1st Thursday festivities or anytime before January.
An easel-sized oil painting by one of the most revered French painters in the history of art, Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863), makes its public debut in Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s (SBMA) exhibition Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, on view through January 26. The canvas, which features the subject of The Last Words of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, recently surfaced in a Santa Barbara private collection and, after a few years of scholarly and technical examination, was authenticated by SBMA assistant director and chief curator Eik Kahng.
Thought-provoking photographer John Divola merges photographs, paintings and conceptual art in his unique works. Don’t miss the “Theodore Street Project,” a fascinating look at abandoned properties using a robotic camera mount called a gigapan.
—Taylor Micaela Davis