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Today, I want to take you on a trip from Palm Springs to Montecito, with a stop in West Hollywood. Yes, I know, it's been raining cats and dogs. But nothing will rain on our parade if we take art as our guide. Last time I visited Palm Springs Art Museum –– two years ago –– they had an excellent exhibition of early works by "Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966."

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Installation view of "A Passionate Eye: The Weimar Family Collection"
Exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum
Photograph by Edward Goldman

I returned there a week ago to see another exhibition equally full of surprises, "A Passionate Eye: The Weiner Family Collection." There are roughly 60 sculptures and paintings by major 20th century artists, including multiple sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Marino Marini, and Jacques Lipchitz, as well as individual knockouts by Amedeo Modigliani, Isamu Noguchi, Aristide Maillol, and Giacomo Manzù.

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Installation view of "A Passionate Eye: The Weimar Family Collection"
Exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum
Photograph by Edward Goldman

According to the museum press release, The Weiner Family Collection, with its singular emphasis on great sculpture, is one of the most important collections of modern art ever assembled in the Southwest. For more than four decades, museum visitors could see parts of this collection either as gifts to the museum or as long-term loans. As a result, this collection has become a fundamental part of Palm Springs Art Museum's identity. This exhibition, along with its scholarly catalog and video, introduces visitors to Ted Weiner, “a self-made oil magnate who discovered modern art midway through life and, with very little formal education, became a highly knowledgeable collector.”

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Installation view of Magdalena Fernandez at MOCA Pacific Design Center
On view October 3, 2015-January 3, 2016
Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Photo by Joshua White

This past Sunday, I dropped by MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood to see the exhibition by influential Venezuelan artist, Magdalena Fernández. My esteemed colleague Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, in her report a few weeks ago, gave an excellent review of this exhibition. Sunday was its last day, and I was happy to have caught Fernández's six highly theatrical videos. But my favorite was a site-specific light installation in the staircase, a rather challenging and difficult space to work with. Hat's off to the artist and to the exhibition's curator, Alma Ruiz, for a job well done.

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(L) Installation view of "Magdalena Fernández" at MOCA Pacific Design Center
On view October 3, 2015-January 3, 2016
Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Photo by Joshua White
(R) Installation view of "Magdalena Fernández" at MOCA Pacific Design Center
Photograph by Edward Goldman

Reporting all these years on the art and culture in Southern California, I was not expecting to discover the existence of an art museum in Montecito that I'd never heard of before. But here we go.

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Eugène Boudin, "The Port of Bordeaux"
"Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France"
exhibition at Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
Photograph courtesy of the museum

I got an email a couple of days ago about Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art regarding its upcoming exhibition, "Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France," which consists of two-dozen paintings by such Masters as Eugène Boudin and Berthe Morisot, Gustave Courbet, Thèodore Rousseau, and Henry Matisse, among others. Take a look on our website at a few of these paintings, and I bet you will salivate as much as I am in anticipation of this exhibition, which opens on January 14.

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Berthe Morisot, "Little Girl Hanging a Cage in a Tree"
"Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France"
exhibition at Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
Photograph courtesy of the museum

To learn about Edward's Fine Art of Art Collecting Classes, please visit his website and check out this article in Artillery Magazine.

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