Wayne Thiebaud | 1958–1968

Thursday, January 18-May 13, Noon, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, no cover

Photo courtesy of the manetti shrem museum of art

Stop calling him a pop artist, a’right! Painter Wayne Thiebaud is a Sacramento treasure, and the 97-year-old rose to prominence alongside the Andy Warhols and Roy Lichtensteins without identifying as a pop artist. He rejected the Abstract Expressionism of the midcentury for something sweeter: realistically painted confections seen through the pastel glow of memory. Admire his early, formative works on the campus where he’s spent the majority of his career. Look closely, and you’ll notice that his cakes and pies have shadows that “vibrate,” as Thiebaud puts it, with competing colors. This exhibit is on display through May 13, with an opening reception at 5pm 1/18. 254 Old Davis Road in Davis, manettishremmuseum.ucdavis.edu.