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Sullivan Goss Presents Masterworks

05 May 2017 3:31 PM | Anonymous

A venerable institution in the Santa Barbara art world, Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery is known for its contemporary art program. Built over the course of the past 33 years—particularly in the last decade—their portfolio of culturally ascendant, albeit different, artists is what makes the gallery a Santa Barbara mainstay. As new owner Nathan Vonk takes the reigns, now seems like the perfect opportunity for the gallery to put on an exhibit that both reflects on the past and sheds light on what is to come. 

Chosen by Curator Susan Bush, "Masterworks: The Art of Sullivan Goss" is comprised of one work from each of Sullivan Goss’ 13 represented artists, who are selected based on their quality, individuality, value, and art historical importance. From Phoebe Brunner’s poppy paintings to the daring, fractured paintings of architecture created by Angela Perko, each artist in the wide-ranging roster fills a unique niche in American art. 

Developed by the gallery’s curators—who have tended toward realism, tonalism, magical realism and plein-air-style painting—the collection is also informed by the whims of collectors. For example, Sullivan Goss highlights Patricia Chidlaw’s nocturnes as a series that has sold exceedingly well for them.

In addition to classics, such as John Nava’s Check Out (which debuted 12 years ago but continues to draw an audience each time it’s shown), eight of the art works shown  in the exhibition are brand new. Of these, one piece represents a new directions for the artist: Meredith Brooks Abbott’s Aloe seems both a departure and a promise of what might come next.

The exhibition is open through July 30. Visit Sullivan Goss at 11 East Anapamu Street in downtown Santa Barbara and see what the future may hold.

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