Sleight of Hand: Painting and Illusion

John Register
Desert Restaurant, 1986
Oil on canvas
50 × 70 inches
Gift of Susan and Arthur Kern

Thursday, October 2, 2014Sunday, February 22, 2015

This exhibition showcases some of the public’s longtime favorite works from the Museum’s permanent collection, in celebration of SJMA’s forty-fifth-anniversary year. Sleight of Hand asks visitors to look carefully at the allure of style and to further explore artists’ use of mesmerizing detail and similitude. Perhaps it is the eerie, truer-than-life illusionism or the wizardry of artistic expertise that draws audiences to realism and makes paintings by artists such as Sandow Birk, James Doolin, David Ligare, Masami Teraoka, and Tino Rodriguez among the most beloved works in the Museum’s permanent collection. On view for the first time will be several recently acquired sculptures by Liza Lou, exquisitely beaded renditions of a chair, jeans, and socks. Also on view will be works by Chester Arnold, Salomon Huerta, Bari Kumar, John Register, Paul Wonner, and other artists.