The Outsiders: Modernism in California, 1920-1940

Around the turn of the 20th century, Plein Air painting was all the rage in Southern California. Created outside and usually depicting landscapes, Plein Air was so commonplace and dominating in the art world that any painter not covering canvases in the style was considered an “Outsider.” As any art buff knows, though, it’s the rebels who make the good stuff. The Irvine Museum, dedicated to preserving California art from the Impressionist Period (1890-1930), pays tribute to these renegades with the aptly named exhibit “The Outsiders,” featuring the works of Emil Kosa Jr., Paul Lauritz, Frank Myers, Phil Paradise, Henrietta Shore and Hamilton A. Wolf.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. Starts: May 28. Continues through Sept. 18, 2009

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