Wayne Thiebaud

April 28 – June 18, 2016

Wayne Thiebaud

Installation View

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Mound and Cloud

1972

Oil on canvas

20 3/8 x 22 1/4 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Single Double Decker

1991

Pastel on paper

11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Five Hammers

1972

Oil, pastel and pencil on paper

22 1/4 x 30 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Pond

1966/2000

Pastel on paper

11 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Girl in Striped Blouse

1973-75

Oil on canvas

66 1/8 x 36 1/8 in. (168 x 91.8 cm)

Wayne Thiebaud

Installation View

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Cloud and Bluffs

1972

Oil on linen

24 x 18 in. 

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

1/2 Lemon Meringue Pie

1977

Pastel and watercolor on paper mounted to paperboard

14 7/8 x 18 1/2 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Freeway Curve

1995

Oil on canvas

24 x 36 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Cakes

1967

Pastel and pencil on paper

12 3/8 x 12 in.  

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Up Street

1993

Oil on canvas

24 x 18 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

White Mountain

1995

Oil on canvas

48 x 60 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Installation View

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Sun Glasses

1983-1985

Oil on panel

11 1/8 x 15 7/8 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Sardines

1962

Oil on canvas

12 1/4 x 9 1/2 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Installation View

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Untitled (Valley Farm, Sacramento Landscape)

1996

Pastel on paper

14 3/8 x 23 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Hat

1972

Pastel and graphite on paper

23 x 30 1/2 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Installation View

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Untitled (Brush with Paint)

1988

Oil on canvas

8 x 10 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Untitled (Bolt Cutters)

1972

Oil on paper mounted to canvas

30 x 20 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Five Chocolate Cookies

1989

Oil on canvas board mounted to plywood

9 1/8 x 12 1/8 in. 

Wayne Thiebaud

Installation View

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Ballroom Couple

1992

Oil on wood

14 7/8 x 9 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Night Cityscape

1985

Oil on panel

29 5/8 x 22 1/8 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Toy Counter Study

1968

Pastel and graphite on board

8 1/8 x 12 1/2 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Half Salmon

1961

Oil on canvas

16 1/4 x 22 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Girl with Mirror

1965

Oil on canvas

48 x 36 in.

Wayne Thiebaud

Installation View

Press Release

Allan Stone Projects is delighted to present a major survey of paintings and works on paper by Wayne Thiebaud on view from April 28 – June 18, 2016. Selected from the Allan Stone Collection, the exhibition will include over twenty works, some of which have never been publicly exhibited. Highlights include the vibrant pastel on paper, Cakes, 1967, a monumental figurative painting, Girl in Striped Blouse, 1973-75, and a rich oil painting, Sunglasses,1983-85. This will be the gallery's 26th solo exhibition of Thiebaud's work.

 

Since his first exhibition with the Allan Stone Gallery in 1962, Thiebaud has become one of the most prominent artists of our time. As his primary dealer, friend and collector for over forty years, Allan Stone celebrated Thiebaud's range of style and subject matter, embracing his mastery of figuration, his inventive depictions of landscapes and cityscapes, and his nostalgic renderings of food and everyday objects. 

 

Often categorized as a New York Pop artist, Thiebaud does not identify himself as such, having begun his paintings of quotidian American scenes in the mid 1950’s well before the explosion of Pop art. Mark Rosenthal, the author of this exhibition’s catalog, posits that Thiebaud has more in common with the traditions of Realism and Impressionism, nodding to masters like Eakins, Degas, and Cézanne in his modernist depictions of the American vernacular. Rosenthal observes that Thiebaud’s paintings are deceptively complex, as one begins to realize that his “evolution has not been a matter of one subject replacing the other, but a series of moves and returns so that each work is simply of a piece. Moreover, Thiebaud never stops intersecting with art history, whether vis-à-vis the modernist still life or an obsession with a single grand landscape.”* This exhibition affirms Wayne Thiebaud's range of technique and ingenuity that distinguishes him as an exceptional American artist. 

 

Wayne Thiebaud was born in 1920 in Mesa, Arizona. From 1938-1949 he worked as a cartoonist and designer in California, New York and in the U.S Air Force. Thiebaud attended San Jose State College (now San Jose State University) followed by Sacramento State College (now California State University, Sacramento), where he received his BA in 1951 and his MA in 1952. For over fifty years, Thiebaud has been celebrated with numerous awards and solo exhibitions. Highlights include the 1994 National Medal of Arts, given by the then President Clinton, a 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Design, and a 2007 Bay Area Treasure Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has had major retrospectives at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1985 and a 2001 retrospective that traveled from the de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Thiebaud lives and works in Sacramento, California.

 

 

*The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by Mark Rosenthal, titled Reflecting on the Coordinates of Wayne Thiebaud's Art (quote from p. 7).