The Elusive Creativity Of Charles Garabedian (PHOTOS)

03/09/2011 06:24 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WHO: Charles Garabedian

WHAT: Charles Garabedian: A Retrospective

WHEN: January 22 - April 17, 2011

WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

WHY: Charles Garabedian paints nude figures because he doesn't want to tie his paintings to a specific period. Not only do his pieces remain timeless, but his imagination and the curiosity he has about himself, have led to him to create some of the most inspired settings we have seen.

This exhibition represents the first important museum presentation and catalog in 28 years devoted to the art of Charles Garabedian. Bringing together approximately 60 works, the presentation represents his entire career with an emphasis on paintings and drawings produced during the years since his first (and last) major solo museum exhibitions in 1983.

With a career that spans nearly 50 years, Garabedian explores themes of war, music, the body, dismemberment, heroism, comic pretension, love, and death-all conveyed with a sense of immediacy, intimacy, and poignancy. Underlying the work is the artist's own elegiac confrontation with the joys and struggles that pervade our daily lives

(From: Santa Barbara Museum of Art)

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