Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California and Inspired: A Mosaic Invitational at CCAE

by Patricia Frischer

photo: Ely Ramos

Internationally known artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) lived in San Diego for many years in la Jolla and  created several larger than life works of art that are famous landmarks in our county.  She created works about the  myths and legends of California. The show is a survey of those works with  maquettes including a wonderful one of Queen Califia’s Magic Garden in Escondido. There are many chairs including a throne and sculptures, photographs, furniture, blueprints, and a video.  And the large limited edition prints made from some of her diary entries are riveting, even sexy! This show is well curated by Wendy Wilson-Gibson. 

photo: Ely Ramos

photo: Ely Ramos

Showing in support of this exhibition is Inspired: A Mosaic Invitational with mosaic works by local artists Wick Alexander, Christie Beniston, Doris Bittar, Robin Brailsford, Kim Emerson, Katherine England, Cherrie La Porte, Leslie Perlis, RenĂ©e Richetts, Cheryl Tall, and Jean Wells, who often look to Niki de Saint Phalle for inspiration.

photo; Bruce Tall

There are many wonderful works in this supporting show that was managed by
 Leah Goodwin,  Director of Museum and Education
, California Center for the Arts Escondido Art Gallery.  I choose just a few of the many wonderful works. I found this show a fabulous addition to the Niki de Saint Phalle show. Artist can not help but be influenced with de Saint Phalle's amazing work and the high standard of work is a reflection of that exposure. 

Cheryl Tall photo; Ely Ramos

Cheryl Tall details photo; Bruce Tall

Cheryl Tall photo; Bruce Tall

Cheryl Tall photo; Bruce Tall

Cheryl Tall photo; Bruce Tall

Cherrie La Porte photo; Cherrie La Porte

Wick Alexander photo; Wick Alexander

Wick Alexander Wick Alexander photo; Wick Alexander

Kim Emerson photo; Ely Ramos

Jean Wells  photo; Ely Ramos

Also on view Eva Strubble: Cover Crop
Student Exhibition from five local Middle and High schools

Docent-led tours are available in English & French upon request. To book a tour contact Arts Education Program Supervisor, Kirsten Barrientes at 760-839-4176 or
340 N. Escondido Blvd.

Escondido, CA 92025
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9am-12pm, 

Maquette of Niki de Saint Phalle Queen  Califia's Magic Garden at Mythical California exhibition  photo; Ely Ramos

Join in celebration of the fifteen-year anniversary of the construction of Niki de St. Phalles's sculptural Queen Califia’s Magic Garden  and the series’ she developed while living in San Diego.
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Hours:The Garden will be closed on weekday holidays. The Garden will also be open to the public on the Second Saturday of each month, from 9am to 2pm, with docents available to answer questions. Upcoming Second Saturdays January 13 and February 10, weather permitting.

Curator's Talk with Wendy Wilson-Gibson,  Sunday Jan 28 2 pm
Mosaic Lecture featuring the artist from Inspired: A Mosaic Invitational, Sunday March 4 at 3 pm

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