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Current Exhibitions

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Exhibitions at The Manhattan Beach Art Center

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The health and safety of our community remains top priority. Due to COVID-19, the Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC) is still closed but you can join Eric as he gives us a virtual tour of the current exhibition, Mare Vitalis (video).
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Mare Vitalis - View virtual tour of the show
Gallery Currently CLOSED

The importance of the sea in maritime communities is evident in the work of three painters: Alex Weinstein, Wendy Stillman, and Marlene Sanaye Yamada. Their work spans from abstract to representational, and the idea of ocean is represented through specific cultural references, philosophical theories about nature and beauty, and the physicality and motion of water.

Wendy Stillman’s work features layers of paint inhabited by figures and symbols relevant to her life. Her reference to 80’s surf culture, ala Peter Webb aesthetics and Basquiattian methods of painting, invokes the ocean as an essential source of maritime city-life and culture.

Marlene Sanaye Yamada explores the physical nature of water as liquid. Working with watery paint, Yamada allows the material to flow over the canvas and guide her through this physical process of painting. Although Yamada never overtly references the ocean, her process almost symptomatically creates water-like images.

Alex Weinstein’s paintings are reductive representations of water. His nearly monochrome works limit the picture plane to just water and sky. Each of his works is self-described as being a ”slowburn,” and he invites the viewer to take time and allow the work to shift in one’s mind. Weinstein’s work pushes into the realm of the sublime, and he pays homage to artists like Mark Rothko, Casper David Friedrich and Giorgio Morandi.

untitled, 2010, oil on canvas diptych 60 x 76 inches   Metamorphosis, acrylic on canvas, 48x60  Gen X Surfer

Gallery Information:
Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC)
1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Wednesday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Holidays and for Installation/Deinstallation




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