All About Van Gogh Exhibition: At the Palos Verdes Art Center


Brilliant artwork, informal talks, interactive and hands-on opportunities – an exhibition to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about van Gogh and his work with an exhibition opening with a public reception from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.

The free exhibition runs through July 18, 2010. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday.

Clearly, it is impossible for the Palos Verdes Art Center to mount a show of van Gogh originals—the facility is not large enough so for this exhibition, the use of well-painted, appropriately framed reproductions of van Gogh’s work to detail his artistic development and contribution as well as the textures and colors of the originals will provide at least the sense of real paintings. A digital reproduction of the original painting will accompany each work for comparison – thus, About, the exhibition’s title, defines what it is.

To extend the educational content of the exhibition, a number of interactive opportunities will be included. Viewers will be invited to participate in a several hands-on projects to stimulate thinking about the artist and how he worked. The ultimate goal is to provide an experience leading to a greater understanding and knowledge of van Gogh’s work and an appreciation of its place in the history of art. An additional part of the exhibition will be a display of a selection of some of the many commercial items creating the van Gogh brand. In themselves these form an interesting and provocative aspect to our knowledge and understanding of the artist and the appreciation of his work. Everything in the exhibition is for sale.

At Home with Vincent – Curator, Robert A. Yassin, the Art Center’s chief executive officer,
will present a series of four informal talks on Vincent van Gogh.
May 20: The family Van Gogh—the nurturing of a great artist?
May 27: The luckiest artist in the world—how and why did Van Gogh become so famous?
June 3: Is Van Gogh a great artist, and how do we know?
June 10: Fair use and van Gogh’s work—the problem of artistic fame in the absence of
Copyright. Reservations are required for the talks and a donation of any amount requested
($5.00 is recommended).

The Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit community organization, has served the South Bay with visual arts exhibition, education and outreach programming since 1931. For more information about About van Gogh or other Art Center programs, call 310-541-2479 or visit


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