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From its natural splendors to its sprawling suburbs and congested cities, California presents myriad realities. Long considered a site of new opportunities and unlimited potential, the Golden State also contends with a complicated and constantly changing identity.

The modern and contemporary artists’ books and portfolios on view in California BookWorks feature California subjects and provide visitors with the opportunity to see views of the state through the eyes of a range of artists. Some works reflect the historical promise of California as a land of plenty, while others foreground the experience of living in some of its largest cities. Most of the books selected for the exhibition were made in California-based print workshops and are testaments to the vitality here of this engaging art form.


Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission to the museum.

Adults $15, seniors 65+ $10, students with current ID $6, members and youth 17 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.

Exhibition Highlights

Fred Martin, From "Western Workshops", pl. 6 from "Beulah Land: Fifteen Etchings" by Fred Martin (Berkeley: Crown Point Press, 1966). Etching with watercolor. Crown Point Press Archive, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas W. Grigg, 1991.28.934.10 
Barry McGee, untitled plate in the portfolio "Drypoint on Acid", 2006. Etching, drypoint, and spit-bite aquatint with roulette; printed chine collé, 7 7/8 x 5 7/8 in. Printed by Jacob Samuel; published by Edition Jacob Samuel, Santa Monica. FAMSF, museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts endowment Fund, 2008.52.3.10

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