A Gift of Art, Works by Artists Kevin Appel, Barbara T. Smith, Bruce Yonemoto, Liat Yossifor

A Gift of Art, Works by Artists Kevin Appel, Barbara T. Smith, Bruce Yonemoto, Liat Yossifor

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 15:15

The Department of Art is pleased to present a unique opportunity to support its programs and collaborative projects with a collection of prints by artists Kevin Appel, Barbara T. Smith, Bruce Yonemoto, and Liat Yossifor.  With your generous donation, you will receive one or more of the four prints, as a gift from the Department of Art.  Each print is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authentication.

The framed prints will be on display in the Department of Art administrative office on the top floor of the Art Culture & Technology building. We welcome you to visit the department to view the prints.  For directions, please see: http://studioart.arts.uci.edu/map-directions.

Please see the detailed information below to learn how to donate to the Department of Art, and to learn about each artist and their respective artwork. 


With your generous donation, you will receive the following from the Department of Art:

  • For a $1,400 donation - you will receive all 4 prints (unframed)
  • For a $1,100 donation - you will receive 3 prints of your choice (unframed)
  • For a $800 donation - you will receive 2 prints of your choice (unframed)
  • For a $500 donation - you will receive a single print of your choice (unframed)  

Please note: The value of your contribution, less $15 per print, may be tax deductible.

To make a donation now, please click on the link: Donation Form

Please complete the donation form and select your print(s).  Please also note if you would like to have your artwork sent to an address different from your contact information.  Please contact John Medina at jcmedina@uci.edu with additional questions regarding your donation and art selections.


Kevin Appel, Professor, Department of Art
Screen by Kevin Appel

Name of the Piece:         Screen
Medium:                        Monotype, Lithography, Relief. Paper: Arches, white 250 gms
Size:                             Paper Size 27” x 22 ½” ,  Image Size 21” x 17 ½”
Edition:                         1 of 20
About the artwork:         This piece represents an abstracted architectural screen placed over a photograph taken 
                                     in the California desert.  This acts as both a proposal and obliteration of the existing 
                                     environment and representation of the photograph itself.
Signature information:    Signed and numbered on reverse
Quantity available:         12 prints

Appel's artwork occupies spaces within and between the practices of painting and architecture, following a trajectory describing the slow and messy dissolution of the integrity of the house, home, and pictorial space.

Kevin Appel was born in 1967 in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1990 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. The artist is the recipient of the 2011 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and the Citibank Private Bank Emerging Artist Award, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

His solo exhibitions include Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York (2014), Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica (2013), Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (2012), ACME. Gallery, Los Angeles (2009), Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland (2008), Wilkinson Gallery, London (2006); Angles Gallery, Santa Monica (2006, 2002, 1999, 1998); Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2003); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2001); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1999). Among the group exhibitions Appel has participated in are Painting in Place, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (2013), Beta Space: Kevin Appel and Ruben Ochoa, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, Califrnia (2011), Trespassing: Houses x Artists, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2003); Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2002); Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001); 010101: Art in Technological Times, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California (2001), Against Design, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla; Farve Volumen/Color Volume, Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, DK-Odense, Denmark (1999); and Abstract Painting Once Removed, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (1998).

Appel's bibliography includes catalogues for Descripcion sin lugar: Una seleccion de obras de Kevin Appel, Museo Rufino Tamayo (Tobias Ostrander, Elizabeth Smith, ed.); Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, Museum of Modern Art (Laura Hoptman, ed.); Trespassing: Houses x Artists, Hatje Cantz (Alan Koch, et al., ed.); 01.01.01: Art in Technological Times, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (David A Ross, et al., ed.); Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Center (Douglas Fogle, ed.); and Kevin Appel, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (Jeremy Strick, Paul Schimmel, Jan Tumlir, ed.). Other critical essay can be found in artUS, January/February 2007 ("Kevin Appel," R. Asher); Artforum, January 2006 ("Kevin Appel: Angles Gallery," Jan Tumlir); Architecture, May1999 ("Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction," Glen Helfand); Frieze 46, May 1999 ("Drive-by: New Art from LA," Alex Farquharson); Artforum, September ("Virtually Formal," Lane Relyea).


Barbara T. Smith, Alumni 1971

  Evidence by Barbara T. Smith

Name of the Piece:           Evidence
Materials:                        Archival Pigment Print of Black and White 35 mm Photograph
Location of the piece:       “Shot outside our beach house at Laguna Beach about 1961 or 1962 
                                      on vacation with my family.”
Size:                               22” x 17”
Edition:                           1 of 20
About the artwork:          “I was fascinated by reflections and shadows.  I still am.  
                                      They are one way we can tell we are here.  Nice patterns.  
                                      Can be playful.  These were early selfies.”
Signature information:     Signed and numbered on reverse
Additional Information:    “Just that these images are not digital… 
                                      and also that I still retain this fascination with shadow.”
Quantity available:         16 prints

Barbara T. Smith was born in Pasadena July 6, 1931.  She studied art and comparative religions at Pomona College '53 and got her MFA in '71 from UC Irvine.  As a founder of performance art, her early pieces took place in homes, on streets & beaches. She was a founding member of the infamous F-space gallery at UCI.  She has been represented in historic survey exhibitions including “Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandanavia?” at Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway (09); “WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution” (traveling exhibition 08’- 09’); “LA to Paris – 1955 – 1985” at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (06’); and “Out of Actions Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979” at MOCA Los Angeles (98’).

The artist was recently included in several major exhibitions as part of Pacific Standard Time series organized by the Getty throughout 2011-2012 including the solo exhibition, “The Radicalization of a 50’s Housewife”, at UC Irvine and group exhibitions at the Orange County Museum of Art, UC Berkeley Museum; MOCA Los Angeles; 18th Street Art Gallery; Laguna Art Museum; and Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Smith has had solo exhibitions at The Box Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, Germany; and Maccarone Gallery, New York, NY. Her work has most recently been presented in group exhibitions at White Columns, NY; Hauser & Wirth, London and Zurich; and Essex Street, NY.  Her work has been reviewed in publications such as the Los Angeles Times; New York Times; Frieze; Art in America; Artforum; Flash Art; Spike; High Performance; Der Lowe; Die Lowen; Avalanche; among others.  The artist is represented by The Box Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

Bruce Yonemoto, Professor, Department of Art
Blood Red Waratah by Bruce Yonemoto

Name of the Piece:          Blood Red Waratah
Materials:                       Archival Pigment Print
Location of the piece:      Eucalyptus forest near Sydney, Australia
Size:                              22” x 17”
Edition:                          1 of 20
About the artwork:         The Blood Red Waratah is a photograph of a flower native to the area around Sydney, 
                                     Australia. My research of the Waratah uncovered two aboriginal legends explaining 
                                     the deep red color of the flowers. One ascribes the color to the blood of a venomous 
                                     snake, the other to fire falling from the skies. Many of my past artworks have focused 
                                     on translating my botanical research into poetic images.
Exhibition history:           University Gallery, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia
Signature information:     Signed and numbered on reverse
Quantity available:         16 prints

Bruce Yonemoto has developed a body of work which positions itself within the overlapping intersections of art and commerce, of the gallery world and the cinema screen. His recent work developed with funding from Creative Capital deals with the discovery of the real and poetic convergence between two phenomena specific to Argentina. It is the site of one of the few growing glaciers in the world as well as the last growing Lacanian psychoanalytic practice. He is also developing a Peruvian Quechua Opera with theater/opera director David Schweizer. His recent photo and video work was developed and produced in Vietnam. He is currently developing a performative project in Taiwan and a project exploring Cinema Novo in Rio de Janeiro.

Yonemoto has been honored with numerous awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Maya Deren Award for Experimental Film and Video. In 1999 Yonemoto was honored with a major mid-career survey show curated by Karen Higa at the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles Most recently, Bruce's solo installations, photographs and sculptures have been featured in major one-person shows at the ICC in Tokyo, the ICA in Philadelphia, the St. Louis Art Museum and the Kemper Museum in Kansas City. He has had solo exhibitions at Alexander Gray Gallery, New York, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, Tomio Koyama, Tokyo, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City and his work was featured in Los Angeles 1955-85 at the Pompidou Center, Paris, and the Generali Foundation, Vienna, The Getty Research Center in LA, the 2008 Gwangju Biennial. Pacific Standard Time, Getty Research Center and most recently an expansive survey show in Kanazawa, Japan.


Liat Yossifor, Alumni 2002
Scribble, Figure, Grid by Liat Yossifor

Name of the Piece:          Scribble, Figure, Grid
Medium:                         Lithography, Paper: Fabriano Rosaspeina, white 220gms, white 250 gms
Size:                              Paper Size 27 3/4” x 18 5/8”, Image Size 25 1/2” x 18”
Edition:                          1 of 20
About the artwork:          For "Scribbled Figure," I wanted to process and fix the immediacy of sketching and 
                                     scribbling. I overlapped two drawings to allow for the interaction of lines to weave 
                                     near-shapes and then to dissolve back into scribbles. I also introduced value variations 
                                     through the printing process in order to produce small movements that run in and out of 
                                     the picture space. These rather small movements were meant as a minute noise against 
                                     the drawing's primary movement which I thought of as writing. The drawings were first 
                                     done on mylar paper in my studio and then, with Francesco Siqueiros, they were made 
                                     into plates, and then printed as one.
Signature information:    Signed and numbered on reverse
Quantity available:         13 prints

Liat Yossifor was born in Israel in 1974. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996 and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine in 2002. She completed her residencies at The Ucross Foundation, Claremont, WY in 2008, at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany in 2010, and at Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA in 2011.

She has had numerous solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont, CA; Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; Anita Becker Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in Los Angeles, CA and Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY.

Group exhibitions include “A Reflected Gaze” at the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; “To Here Knows When” at The University of La Verne, La Verne, CA; “About Subject” at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT; “From America” at the Museum of Modern Fine Arts, Minsk, Belarus; “The Third Wight Biennial” at the New Wight Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA; "The Real Me" at Occidental College, LA, CA; "Prince at the Forum" at the Beacon Arts Building, Inglewood, CA; and "Stolen Gestures" at Kunsthaus Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany.