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A Brilliant Spectrum: Recent Gifts of Color Photography

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until May 5, 2019

An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 5, 2019

Image: George Legrady, Jennings, from the “Authority of the News” series, 1987. Inkjet print. SBMA, Museum Purchase with funds provided by The Dana & Albert R. Broccoli Charitable Foundation and PhotoFutures. © George Legrady, 1986.
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Embracing a broad range of artists, years, techniques, and themes, this exhibition offers viewers a rich and exciting experience of color photographs by emerging and established artists alike that have come into the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s (SBMA) collection within the past two years by gifts of art and acquisition funds and that are on view at the Museum for the very first time. A Brilliant Spectrum presents, with its 30 works, a select and concise survey of the course of color photography, from its emergence as an accepted artistic tool in the 1960s and 70s, with vivid color photographs by the established artists Evelyn Hofer, Kwame Brathwaite and William Eggleston, up to today’s most conceptually-driven practices, as seen in the seemingly-abstract work of Hannah Karsen and Olaf Breuning. Thanks to the generosity of patrons who have given works of art and acquisition funds, the Museum has been able to significantly deepen and expand its holdings in the field of color photography, a groundbreaking and enduringly relevant mode of expression in the art of the past 50 years.

Distinguished artists whose work also appears in the exhibition include Tom Bianchi, John Chiara, Pascal Kern, David Levinthal, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Dennis Oppenheim and Susan Rankaitis, all of whose art presents an extraordinary array of scale and approach that demonstrates the vivid possibilities and potential of contemporary color photography.

Image: George Legrady, Jennings, from the “Authority of the News” series, 1987. Inkjet print. SBMA, Museum Purchase with funds provided by The Dana & Albert R. Broccoli Charitable Foundation and PhotoFutures. © George Legrady, 1986.