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Kim MacConnel

Professor Emeritus


Kim MacConnel received his BA from UCSD in 1969 and MFA in 1972. He has taught in the Visual Arts Department in various capacities between 1976 and 1980, and permanently since 1987. He has been represented by the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York since 1975, and is one of the founders of the so-called Pattern and Decoration movement. His work has been exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition's in 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, and 1985; The Museum of Modern Art's An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, 1984; The Venice Biennale, 1984; and is represented in the National Gallery of Art, in the Morton G. Neumann Family Collection. Recent exhibitions of his work include Decoc Terrae Africano, at the Aspen Museum of Art, 1990; Hotel Beauregard, at the Holly Solomon Gallery; New York,1991; Bull Story at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 1993; Stairway of the Ancients, a part of INSITE '94, in Tijuana, Mexico; Age of Plastic, at Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles and Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, 1994; Fifty Views of Fuji, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, 1997; Zoo Story, University Art Gallery, UCSD, 1999; The Millennium Show, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1999; and most recently, Arabia Felix and New China, Photo Constructions from Yemen and China, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, 2002, and, most recently, Parrot Talk, A Retrospective of works by Kim MacConnel, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica. MacConnel has also been included in Painting and Sculpture since 1940, An American Renaissance, Sam Hunter; The History of Modern Art, 3rd edition, Harvard Arnason; the Power of Feminist Art, Norma Broude and Mary Garrard, Harry Abrams, 1995, as well as Irving Sandler's Art of the Postmodern Era, 1996.

colorful painting with varying patterns

Woman with Mirror (Canvas #4), 2007