The desert is a place fraught with contradictions. Yet in spite of its blistering heat and preponderance of lizards, many artists, musicians and writers have escaped to the land of cacti and coyotes to create their finest works. The Orange County Museum of Art’s “Illumination” assembles four American Modernists who found inspiration in the bright, arid environments of the New Mexico and California deserts. Contrasting the lush, painterly flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe with minimalist resin-on-mirror constructions by Florence Miller Pierce, the transcendental paintings of Agnes Pelton and the stunning geometric canvases of Agnes Martin, the exhibit spotlights deft work by these significant female painters.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Starts: May 3. Continues through Sept. 6, 2009

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