David Ligare: California Classicist

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DATES June 11 – August 14, 2016

Reception Friday, June 10, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Classicism, that is the Humanistic art that originated in ancient Greece, which was subsequently embraced by Rome, would continue to find expression throughout later ages, including Renaissance Italy and Neoclassical France. It has again, in the 20th and 21st Centuries, found great practitioners in artists seeking to explore and express the ideals of humanity.

So it is with David Ligare, one of the most celebrated contemporary Neoclassical artists of our day. Classical structures and landscapes set the scenes for modern idealizations, figures channeling the ancient depictions of gods and goddesses, scholars and peasants, and the philosophies that ties us all together. David Ligare: California Classicist is a feast for the eyes and for the mind. It is history made new, and humanity made whole.

David Ligare: California Classicist was organized by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California.

Image: Penelope, 1980 Oil on canvas 40 x 48 inches Crocker Art Museum, promised gift of the Artist and Gary Smith