PORTRAITS OF A PATRON: JOAN AGAJANIAN QUINN | FRESNO ART MUSEUM

PORTRAITS OF A PATRON: JOAN AGAJANIAN QUINN | FRESNO ART MUSEUM

PORTRAITS OF A PATRON
May 20 - August 28, 2016


Featured Image:  Eugene Jardin, 1991, epoxy resin sculpture, 66” x 24”


The Fresno Art Museum presents this exhibition featuring Los Angeles art patron, collector, and arts advocate, Joan Agajanian Quinn. Mrs. Quinn has been depicted in portraiture for over five decades by world-renowned artists at the forefront of their era, medium, and impact upon the contemporary art scene.  

The Fresno Art Museum presents this exhibition featuring Los Angeles art patron, collector, and arts advocate, Joan Agajanian Quinn. Mrs. Quinn has been depicted in portraiture for over five decades by world-renowned artists at the forefront of their era, medium, and impact upon the contemporary art scene.  Of particular note is the fact that the portraits in the exhibition were not commissioned.

Installation view, Rendering Homage: Portraits of a Patron, May 20 - August 28th, 2016

Installation view, Rendering Homage: Portraits of a Patron, May 20 - August 28th, 2016

 Robert Mapplethorpe, 1986, gelatin silver print, 29” x 24”

 Robert Mapplethorpe, 1986, gelatin silver print, 29” x 24”

The exhibition RENDERING HOMAGE: Portraits of a Patron is a selection of artworks depicting her visage, created for her by artists she has championed over time. Approximately 50 two and three-dimensional pieces from Quinn's collection of over 300 portraits tell the story of her passion for cutting edge American artists through their portrayals of her as their valkyrie.  

 Sophia Gasparian, 2004, mixed media on board, 20” x 15”

 Sophia Gasparian, 2004, mixed media on board, 20” x 15”

Bay Area painter Mel Ramos describes Joan as "a living work of art." This exhibition serves to herald her in this light, in addition to revealing her treasured artist friendships and her instinctual certainty of their relevance to 20th and 21st century contemporary art history. This is an exhibition paying homage to an art patron, sincerely appreciated. 

 Rupert Jasen Smith, 1988, original Polaroid by Andy Warhol, reproduced and painted by Smith, 44” x 44”

 Rupert Jasen Smith, 1988, original Polaroid by Andy Warhol, reproduced and painted by Smith, 44” x 44”

The exhibited portraits are realized in all mediums, spanning four decades of Quinn's relationships with artists she has believed in and supported. The exhibition includes works by Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Laddie John Dill, Claire Falkenstein, Sophia Gasparian, Frank Gehry, Robert Graham, David Hockney, George Hurrell, E.F. Kitchen, Marie Lalanne, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ed Moses, Mel Ramos, Zandra Rhodes, Ed Ruscha, Alexis Smith, and Beatrice Wood, among others.

 Ted Allan, mid-1980s, gelatin silver print, 18” x 21.5”

 Ted Allan, mid-1980s, gelatin silver print, 18” x 21.5”

John Carr, 1953, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

John Carr, 1953, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

 
 David Hockney, 1991, Polaroid and Xerox collage, 34” x 17”

 David Hockney, 1991, Polaroid and Xerox collage, 34” x 17”

 

Nationally and internationally known artists portray their patron as a powerful art-world personage: an advocate who is true to herself, the artists, and the art she loves.  

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