Art critic featured in gallery Tea and Talk

Peter Frank to speak in conjunction with CLU exhibit

Peter Frank is a curator for the Riverside Art Museum who has organized shows for institutions throughout the world.

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Oct. 30, 2012) Art critic and curator Peter Frank will be featured in a free Tea and Talk from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in conjunction with the exhibit “Resonating Images: 1900-1950” at The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

Frank is a curator for the Riverside Art Museum who has organized shows for institutions throughout the world. The most notable among them was “19 Artists – Emergent Americans,” the 1981 Exxon National Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

He is the associate editor of Fabrik magazine and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. Born in 1950 in New York, he wrote art criticism for The Village Voice and The SoHo before moving in 1988 to Los Angeles, where he was an art critic for Angeleno magazine and LA Weekly. He is a former editor of Visions Art Quarterly. He co-wrote the 1987 book “New, Used & Improved,” an overview of the New York art scene. He has written many monographs and catalogs for exhibitions. His cycle of poems, “The Travelogues,” was issued in 1982.

Frank has taught at many colleges including Columbia University’s School of the Arts, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Laguna College of Art and Design, and he has lectured throughout North America and Europe. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history from Columbia University.

“Resonating Images” is on exhibit through Feb. 2. The free exhibit features works by such prominent American artists as George Bellows, a realist known for his bold paintings of urban life in New York City, and John French Sloan, a member of The Eight whose 1908 group show created a sensation and led to the realist artistic movement known as the Ashcan School.

Two of the great painters of the American Regionalism movement, Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry, are featured. Benton’s fluid, sculpted figures show people in everyday scenes from regions throughout the country, while Curry is noted for his paintings of life in his home state of Kansas. Two prominent German artists, George Grosz and Kathe Kollwitz, are featured. Grosz is known primarily for his caricatures of Berlin life in the 1920s. Kollwitz expressed empathy for victims of poverty, hunger and war through her drawings, etchings and lithographs.

Other featured artists are Peggy Bacon, Edward Biberman, Aaron Bohrod, Hans Burkhardt, Lorser Feitelson, William Gropper, Emil Kosa Sr., Georges Rouault, Millard Sheets, Max Weber and Francisco Zuniga.

The Rolland Gallery is located on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. For more information, contact curator Jeff Phillips at 805-493-3697.