Malibu Beach Photos On Philbrook Lawn

The Philbrook Museum of Art presents Oklahoma’s debut exhibition of Robert Weingarten’s stunning 40-by-40-inch color saturated Malibu beach photography on the lawn for the summer until September 3.

The dramatic series records the malleable nature of light in the same scene over the course of a single year at 6:30 a.m. Weingarten set his camera at his bedroom window in a fixed position overlooking the water. The unwavering gaze of the camera lens allows the viewer to revel in the hidden beauty of scenes that the naked eye can’t ascertain: the near phosphorescent quality of the water on a bleak winter’s day; a placid seascape of muted hues; an ocean that seems lit by fire.
Executive Director Brian Ferriso said, “Each image in Weingarten’s ‘6:30 a.m.’ series is a symphonic arrangement of color made possible by the daily shift in atmospheric conditions. As a whole, the 19 photographs in the exhibition are an astonishing procession of color-saturated splendor. The presentation of ‘6:30 a.m.” at Philbrook is an exciting diversion for the museum as it transforms the outdoor Westby Garden into a photography gallery.”

Weingarten describes his images as an “attempt to reflect the timelessness of a landscape, the fleeting nature of a particular confluence of light and conditions that render a dramatic and single moment.”

Using a 350-millimeter lens, slow-speed film and no filters, Weingarten’s focus remained resolute. His only calibration was in the shutter speed depending on the quality of the light on any given day. He then printed in pigment inks to produce the greatest depth and saturation of color. The
stark 40-by-40-inch-square format reveals the myriad details of each scene.

Mr. Weingarten is an accomplished landscape photographer. His work is in the collection of museums throughout the United States including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, Calif.; the Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, Calif.; the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Calif. and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Tex. He is represented by the Marlborough Gallery in New York, N.Y. and the Weston Gallery in Carmel, Calif. He has recently exhibited his work at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, England; the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, Calif. and the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, Calif. He holds the distinction of Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.

The Weingarten exhibit is part of Philbrook’s ongoing commitment to living artists in America. Also on exhibit this summer will be “Focus 3: Cameron Martin,” a New York City landscape painter through September; “Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites from the Delaware Art Museum” until July 2; “The Academic Tradition: Drawings, Prints and Watercolors from the Philbrook Collection” opening July 2; “Viktor Schreckengost National Centennial Exhibition” and “G. Daniel Massad: Recent Work” through June.

Philbrook Museum of Art offers numerous adult and children’s summer classes including its famed summer camp for children ages 5-15 with enrollment open now. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Members and children 18 and under are free.

Updated 06-27-2006

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