February 4 to July 2023

Southern California Contemporary Art: Gifts from the Stuart and Judith-Vida Spence Collection

Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Beach, CA

Judy and Stuart Spence’s history of giving to Laguna Art Museum now constitutes a significant 119 artworks by California artists and has become an important part of the museum’s collection. These gifts span California Conceptualism, West Coast Pop and Los Angeles’s Lowbrow art movement with works from the 1970s to the present.

November 4, 2022 to July 9, 2023 | Opening: November 4, 6–9pm

A Point Stretched: Views on Time

San José Museum of Art
San José, CA

A Point Stretched: Views on Time presents artworks that stretch, warp, and compact the viewer’s sense of time. By highlighting works that endeavor to conceive of time in unusual, mutable, and unfixed ways, the exhibition challenges the histories we tell and the expectations we hold for the future.

October 21, 2022 to March 19, 2023 | Opening: November 5, 2022

Terra Firma

New Museum Los Gatos
Los Gatos, CA

NUMU is pleased to present Terra Firma, a group art exhibition guest curated by Marianne K. McGrath. Artists will explore our relationship with the land and present unique interpretations of meaning and connection through diverse media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, video, and sound.

October 1, 2022 to June 19, 2023

Parallax: Framing the Cosmos

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Parallax: Framing the Cosmos presents outer space as a backdrop for understanding ourselves, interrogating both individual quests for unique places in space and culturally specific myths, including the US nationalist fantasy of conquering the moon and stars on behalf of “all mankind.” The exhibition offers interdisciplinary insights into and meditations on the particular and the universal, the past and the future, the eternal and the mutable, the intimate and the infinite...

September 3 to December 31, 2022

Infinity on the Horizon

Georgia Museum of Art
The University of Georgia, Athens Georgia

Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, this exhibition highlights modern and contemporary objects in the Georgia Museum of Art’s permanent collection by prominent and lesser-known artists. The notion of “Infinity on the Horizon” sparks a dialogue about the use of abstraction to expand our understandings of the landscapes around us.

June 19 to September 11, 2022

Drawing Down the Moon

Los Angeles CA

This group exhibition operates at the crux of a lunar spectrum, between the lure and mystery of the unattainable moon and the eternal quest to conquer the moon in its material form. Drawn primarily from institutional collections in Los Angeles, the survey leads visitors through a panoply of objects dating from antiquity to the present.

Detail from Moonrise Over Lizard's Mouth, 2022  / 18.5 x 82.5 inches framed / color pencil, gouache and ink on museum board

RUSSELL CROTTY has made important contributions to contemporary drawing since the early 1990’s. Utilizing ballpoint pen as his primary medium, he is especially renowned for his distinctive drawings on paper-coated suspended globes and within large-scale books. His work engages astronomy, landscape, mapping, surfing, coastal studies, along with an idiosyncratic commentary on the natural and manmade worlds. Russell ambitiously broadens his vast body of work by incorporating bioresin, collage, and non-traditional materials, exploring new ideas that investigate and expand the notion of “works on paper.”

As a serious amateur astronomer, Russell has studied the night sky for decades, utilizing his own array of telescopes with occasional sojourns to professional observatories. He has made important observational contributions to accredited astronomy organizations such as NASA and ALPO (Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers). He obsessively and enthusiastically documents the night sky and celestial phenomenon. The resulting body of astronomical work is informed by scientific research by contemporary astrophysicists, romanticized by his extensive knowledge of exploratory 19th century science, and fueled by his immense passion for the cosmos.

Russell's work has been extensively exhibited nationally and internationally and is owned by private collectors, museums and public collections. He is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.

A native Californian, Russell grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, began and nurtured his art career in Los Angeles, lived many years in the Santa Monica Mountains – and now works in Ventura and resides in Ojai, California with his wife Laura Gruenther and their two dogs.