A grand opening deserves a grand exhibit, and that’s what the Andi Campognone Projects assembled for its new exhibition space in downtown Pomona’s Arts Colony. Campognone, the former associate director and exhibition curator of the Riverside Art Museum and former owner and director of the dba256 Gallery Wine Bar, debuts her new space this Saturday with the group show “The New Irascibles.” The opening exhibit pays tribute to the Irascible 18, a group of painters from the late ’40s who protested the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its apparent bias against Abstract Expressionism. Their well-publicized efforts helped abstract art and other modern methods achieve mainstream acceptance. “The New Irascibles” pays homage to this moment in art history while showing that abstract painting can still be relevant and innovative in today’s concept-driven art world. The exhibit includes works by Philip Argent, Daniel Brice, Max King Cap, Alex Couwenberg, Jimi Gleason, Robert Kingston, Andy Moses, Thomas Pathe, Roland Reiss, Greg Rose and Mark Zimmermann and a critical essay by noted art writer and critic James Scarborough.
“The New Irascibles” at Andi Campognone Projects, 558B W. Second Street, Pomona, (909) 629-4500, www.andicampognoneprojects.com. Grand opening reception Sat, Nov. 14, 6-9PM. Thru Jan. 2.