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de Saisset Museum to feature Inez Storer exhibit

SANTA CLARA, Calif.Aug 13, 2003—This fall, Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum will feature a retrospective of the accomplished painter and print maker, Inez Storer. Theatrical Realism: The Art of Inez Storer, the first retrospective of Storer’s work, will be on view from Sept. 27–Dec. 7. The exhibition will feature an estimated 40 paintings, created from 1960 to the present, as well as examples of Storer’s prints, artist books, and assemblages.

“For more than four decades, Storer has pursued her own uniquely personal and idiosyncratic style of figuration,” said Karen Kienzle, curator of exhibits and collections for the de Saisset Museum. “Storer’s delightfully accessible works are rich in content, addressing universal themes of identity, spirituality, imagination, and history. The exhibition provides brilliant examples of her range and technical virtuosity and why she is so often referred to as ‘a painter’s painter’ by other artists.”

Storer’s work is also known for its autobiographical themes and personal narratives. Born in Santa Monica, Calif. to a Jewish family that migrated from Europe, Storer was raised Catholic. The details of her German-Jewish past were not revealed to her until her mother was dying. “As a result of her unique upbringing, iconography from both religious traditions can be found in Storer’s work,” said   Kienzle. Storer’s paintings often depict narratives that unfold against the illusion of a theatrical backdrop—a direct reference to her father, who was an aviator and later an art director for Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Storer is married to Andrew Romanoff, the great nephew of the last czar of Russia.

“The de Saisset is very proud to host an artist of Inez Storer’s caliber and reputation,” said Rebecca Schapp, director of the de Saisset Museum. “I encourage the community to visit  the museum and experience the visual poetry of Storer’s paintings.”

Theatrical Realism will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by writer and critic Bill Berkson and Andrea Pappas, SCU’s assistant professor of art history.

As a complement to the de Saisset exhibition, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art will present an exhibition focused on Inez Storer’s legacy. An Artist’s Artist: The Legacy of Inez Storer will feature contemporary artists whom Storer has influenced through her many years as a teacher and mentor. It will be on view Nov. 8, 2003-Jan. 3, 2004.

Concurrent with the retrospective, the Gallery at Villa Montalvo will feature an exhibition of Storer’s most recent work. Entitled Inez Storer: Encore Narratives, the exhibition will be on view Nov. 9, 2003–Jan. 17, 2004. The de Saisset will also host a series of public events and lectures in conjunction with the Inez Storer retrospective. For more information, call the de Saisset Museum at 408-554-4528 or visit

About the de Saisset Museum

The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay’s free museum of art and history. The museum was founded adjacent to the Mission Santa Clara de Asís on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955 and is currently one of only two museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums. The de Saisset Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets objects of art and history for the educational and cultural enrichment of all people. The museum achieves its mission through an active program of exhibitions, collections, education programs, and publications.

About Santa Clara University

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