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Karl Kasten Retrospective and the Berkeley School 1930-1950, Students 1950-1983

When: Oct. 8-24 2008

With today's glut of disembodied media messages, we forget that not so very long ago, ideas were transmitted person-to-person. Karl Kasten, a painter and printmaker who studied with abstract painter Hans Hofmann and experimental printmaker Mauricio Lasansky, brought modernist ideas and practice to the Bay Area as a teacher at Cal from 1950 to 1983. Karl Kasten Retrospective and the Berkeley School 1930-1950, Students 1950-1983 illustrates his life and times, featuring works from throughout his career, both figurative and abstract, painterly and geometric; paintings by his "Berkeley School" colleagues (including other Hofmannites) who assimilated advanced European art concepts; and works by his students, who clearly went their separate creative paths, but remembered their former teacher with affection and respect. At 92, Kasten continues drawing and painting, and he's just published a memoir, Foghorns and Peacocks. A former student is making a documentary film about him. Karl Kasten Retrospective runs through October 24 at Worth Ryder Gallery (345 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley). 510-542-2582.


DeWitt Cheng

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