John Divola

Artist lecture Thursday, February 11, 2016 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Zuma #3, 1977

Although the physical subjects that John Divola photographs range from buildings to landscapes to objects in the studio, his concerns are conceptual: they challenge the boundaries between fiction and reality, as well as the limitations of art to describe life. Over the past four decades, he has evolved a wide-ranging and rigorous body of work merging photography, painting, sculpture, performance, and conceptual art. Raised in the San Fernando Valley—which he credits as having an impact on his development as an artist—Divola’s imagery often examines the Southern California landscape including urban Los Angeles or the nearby ocean, mountains, and desert.

Divola earned a BA from California State University, Northridge in 1971 and an MA from University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied under Robert Heinecken. In college, the new art movements that inspired him—Minimalism, Conceptualism, and Earthworks—were often not easily accessible, but encountered through photographic documentation. “I came to the conclusion that [photography] was the primary arena of contemporary art,” Divola has said, “and that all painting and sculpture and performance was, from a practical point of view, made to be photographed, to be re-contextualized, and talked or written about.”

In 2014, Divola was the subject of a major museum solo exhibition, As Far As I Could Get, a collaborative project between the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Pomona College. Divola has taught photography and art at numerous institutions including California Institute of the Arts (1978-1988), and since 1988, he has been a Professor of Art at the University of California, Riverside.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Marco Breuer, Untitled (C-1189), 2012 [Detail]

Marco Breuer

Spring 2016 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Marco Breuer (b. Landshut, Germany) is well known for his radical approach to the photographic medium. Breuer employs nontraditional photographic techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, but instead utilize a combination of photogrammic, abrasive, and incisive techniques to make marks and capture images. His work is in numerous public collections at major institutions around the world and is widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Currently residing in upstate New York, Breuer has lectured and taught extensively, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006.