The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University presents three collections from September 26 to December 4: Art of Richard Mayhew: Journey’s End, A Sense of Place: Location/Inspiration, and The Eclectic Eye: Works from a Private Collection.
Richard Mayhew, who claims both African-American and Native American ancestry, is one of America’s greatest landscape painters. His love of land and nature comes from his childhood years living close to nature and hearing his Native American grandmother speak of the sacred bond that ties us all to the earth. Mayhew also taught at Brooklyn Museum Art School, the Art Students League, Smith College, Pennsylvania State University, and San Jose State University. His exhibition at the de Saisset Museum is part of a chronological retrospective of his 40-year career. The Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco will feature his early work. The de Saisset will show work from the mid-70s to mid-90s, while the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz will display his most recent compositions.
A Sense of Place includes oil paintings, watercolors, prints, and collage from artists William Keith, Henrietta Shore, Nathan Oliveira, Yvonne Jacquette, Gregory Edwards, David Huffman, and Weston Teruya. The focus of the works is on landscapes that have a specific reference point.
The Eclectic Eye comes from an anonymous private collection that reflects a broad range of interests rather than one movement or time period in art history. It includes the cartoon parodies of Roy Lichtenstein and the print of the Campbell soup can by Andy Warhol. Also represented are prints by the surrealist René Magritte, a chessboard by Man Ray, and a number of examples of Op Art by Bridget Riley and others. In addition to contemporary art, several small but intricately formed pre-Columbian sculptures will be on view. Works from a number of artists who lived/worked in the San Francisco Bay area are also included such as Sam Francis, Carrie Abramovitz, Matt Kahn, and Peter Silten. Read more.