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Art Exhibition by Professor Emeritus Karl Benjamin Opens in Oceanside

This past Saturday, the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) opened a new exhibition of the work of Pomona Professor Emeritus Karl Benjamin titled “The Vibrant Edge: Paintings of Karl Benjamin from the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s.” On display until October 19, “The Vibrant Edge” features the “Hard-edge painting” style, of which Benjamin was one of the founding fathers. The style is characterized by geometrical shapes, sharp edges and rich, full colors.

Benjamin, whose work has been showcased at the Whitney Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among other places, was an art professor at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University from 1979 until his retirement in 1994. His exhibition, “A Conversation with Color: Karl Benjamin, Paintings 1953-1995,” was the inaugural show at the Claremont Museum of Art in 2007

The OMA is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CGU Art Department Chair David Pagel will present a slide lecture on Benjamin’s paintings at the museum on August 21 from 7 TO 9 p.m. Admission to the slide lecture is $5. For more information, please contact the OMA at (760) 435-3720 or visit the museum’s web site. --Adam Conner-Simons ‘08