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A major show of works by internationally known Northern California painter Wayne Thiebaud from a crucial early period in his career tops the list of exciting shows that will open in the Sacramento Valley in the New Year. Also on tap will be a celebration of works by outstanding women artists E. Charlton Fortune, Faith Ringgold and Corita Kent, who faced discrimination in their time. A rich menu of enticing shows in the Bay Area includes an exclusive exhibition of rare works by the preeminent surrealist Rene Magritte; an exhibition devoted to precisionist works by Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth, who were inspired by machine aesthetics; a look at the world of notorious 18th century seducer Giacomo Casanpva through paintings and decorative arts from the period; a groundbreaking show of works by California Jewish artists; and a monumental show of works by Bay Area artists from precontact times to the present.
Jan. 16 to May 13: “Wayne Thiebaud: 1958 1968.” The first museum exhibition devoted to the emergence of Thiebaud’s mature work features more than 60 paintings, several rarely exhibited, from the Manetti Shrem collection, private collections and museums around the country. Described as “an overnight sensation a decade in the making” by Manetti Shrem founding Director Rachel Teagle, Thiebaud shot from relative obscurity to national prominence as he refined his singular sensibility. Admission is free.
Feb. 10 to May 28. “Casanova: The Seduction of Europe.” Travel, courtship, theatre and the pleasures of dining are among the themes explored in this vibrant exhibition that explores the 18th century through the eyes of legendary adventurer, seducer and lover, Giacomo Casanova (1725 1798). Approximately 90 works from paintings by Francois Boucher and Jean Honore Fragonard and sculpture by Jean Antoine Houdon to period decorative arts will be included, along with three tableaux with costumed mannequins that reflect social aspects of the period.
May 18 to Oct. 28: “Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season.” Exclusive, world class exhibition focusing on the consummate surrealist’s late work, from approximately 1943 to 1967, through more than 50 paintings and 12 gouaches that reflect the instability and upheaval of World War II and the occupation of Belgium. Unlike his earlier, more light hearted work, these late often disturbing paintings reflect Magritte’s creation of a world beyond rationality and outside the accepted conventions of time and space in a darker way.