California Watercolors: Focus on the Fifties

California Watercolors: Focus on the Fifties highlights the innovations of California-based watercolorists after 1945. Artists such as Phil Dike, Rex Brandt, George Post, Nick Brigante, and others experimented with abstract form, reflecting many of the larger changes taking place at that time in the art world, most notably the rise of Abstract Expressionism. While most of these artists are better known for their pre-war watercolors, which reflected more conservative American Scene and Regionalist styles, this exhibition, which features 31 paintings, reframes their work in a national context that was in a dialogue with broader trends. Focus on the Fifties is the third in a series of four exhibitions designed to explore in depth the achievements of mid-20th century California watercolorists.