Articles & Reviews

Abby Wasserman has published hundreds of articles on visual artists during her writing career. These are a few of her favorites, many written for The Museum of California magazine, the Oakland Museum's quarterly, either freelance or as the magazine's editor. Her specialty was interviewing artists in their studios surrounded by their work, making connections between their art and their lives. Posted below are ten features on California artists written between 1985 and 2003, as well as more recent published Articles and Reviews.
(Note: Publication Year is shown in the titles; the full dates below are posting dates on this website)

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The Three Faces of Garry Knox Bennett (2001)

Arriving at Garry Knox Bennett's Oakland loft, I am welcomed with a big hug by Geraldo Bennucci. "Ambrose is making lunch," he says, referring to Ambrose Pillphister, the painter, "and Garry's debating a fine point with a band saw. Vino?"

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Robert Bechtle: Hidden Reflections (2000)

Robert Bechtle's sparkling California light and dense shadows, his gleaming American cars parked on empty streets, and his neat pastel row houses are like a reflection in someone's dark glasses. You see more of yourself than the wearer.

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The Graphic Art of Charles Schulz (1985)

For 50 years Charles M. Schulz created the popular comic strip Peanuts. Abby visited Schulz in Santa Rosa to talk about his ideas regarding the strip, its characters and the world of cartooning.

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