FRESNOâThe Fresno Art Museum presents the exhibition “Rendering Homage: Portraits of a Patron” featuring Joan Agajanian Quinn, patron, collector and advocate of the arts from Los Angeles. Quinn has been portrayed in portraiture for over five decades by world-renowned artists at the forefront of their time, their medium and their impact on the contemporary art scene.
The exhibition opened May 20 to an overflowing crowd of local art lovers who enjoyed music by a trio, an Armenian buffet and red and white wine from the Agajanian vineyards.
The exhibition is a selection of artworks depicting her face, created for her by artists she has championed over time. Approximately 50 two- and three-dimensional pieces from Quinn’s collection of over 300 portraits tell the story of her passion for cutting-edge American artists through their depictions of her as their valkyrie.
Bay Area painter Mel Ramos describes Joan as “a living work of art.” This exhibition serves to announce him in this light, in addition to revealing his precious artistic friendships and his instinctive certainty of their relevance for the history of contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and pays tribute to a patron sincerely appreciated.
The portraits on display are done in all mediums, spanning four decades of Quinn’s relationships with artists she believed in and supported. The exhibition includes works by Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Laddie John Dill, Claire Falkenstein, Sophia Gasparian, Frank Gehry, Robert Graham, David Hockney, George Hurrell, EF Kitchen, Marie Lalanne, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ed Moses, Mel Ramos, Zandra Rhodes, Ed Ruscha, Alexis Smith and Beatrice Wood, among others.
Nationally and internationally renowned artists describe their patron as a powerful figure in the art world: a loyal advocate for herself, the artists and the art she loves.
The main exhibition sponsors are Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Larry Balakian, Joyce Kierejczyk, Gary Agajanian, Carol Tikijian and Larry Gagosian.
The exhibition is curated by Michele Ellis Pracy and Kristina Hornback and will run until August 28, 2016.
The address of the Fresno Art Museum is 2233 North First Street Fresno, CA 93703