Wayne’s World

One of the best shows in the Rocky Mountain states this summer is at one of the lesser known museums in the West. “Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting” opened recently at the Loveland Museum in Loveland, CO, about 45 miles north of Denver.

And what a treat. For starters, there’s Thiebaud’s signature images of bakery goods: glazed donuts, frosted cakes, and cherry pies. There’s also a hot dog on a billboard plus an array of beach scenes splashed with figures—all references to his childhood spent in Southern California.

And the figures, of course, are a reminder that Thiebaud is an esteemed member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement—those Northern California renegades who co-opted New York’s Abstract Expressionism and added their own flavors. Many of Thiebaud’s cohorts, like Richard Diebenkorn, have passed away, but Thiebaud, 88, is still with us. His pop culture iconography mixed with the California scenes of good life are just what the art doctor ordered for a lazy summer afternoon. The 100-painting exhibition runs through August 16.

—Bonnie Gangelhoff

At top, Bakery Case (1996, oil, 60×72). At right, Two Kneeling Figures (1966,
oil, 60×72).

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