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)

Clouds and Passion

Joyce Yang's sensitive and powerful performance of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto illuminated a concert's second half, following the bold contrasts characterizing the first.

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The Power of Image

In 1934, Ann Rice O'Hanlon painted a fresco mural at the University of Kentucky. Today, it is a source of controversy.

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A freewrite from August 27, 2020 on the theme of "portents."

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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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