Art beat: December gallery and exhibit openings


Art exhibits on display in December around San Diego include I Love to Ride My Bicycle, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty and Magnetic Content.

Through 12.30: Rococo, Rivals and Revivals

The genre of Rococo, and the flirtation and seduction common during this period, are exhibited in 12 pieces that represent various personalities and schools of the genre.

Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.5548,

Through 1.27.19: I Love to Ride My Bicycle

From drawings to paintings, photography to performance, sculpture to video installation, artists from all over the world have created pieces that revolve around their love for, and the significance they see in, bicycles.

SDSU Downtown Gallery, 725 W. Broadway, downtown, 619.501.6370,

Through 2.3.19: Assemble, Re-Assemble, Repeat

This exhibition is a sequel by artists David Fobes and Mark Siprut, picking up where their immersive installation project took off, using a hands-on interactive kiosk with original visual content solicited from people in Oceanside and Southern California.

Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720,

Through 2.17.19: Eva Struble & Scott Polach / A Duo Show

This show within a show is part of the ongoing Convergence exhibition, with a selection of featured works by former Space 4 Art residents Eva Struble and Scott Polach.

Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.696.1416,

Through 2.17.19: Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

Known for his fashion, portrait and still-life photography that has been featured in Vogue magazine, this exhibition of the work of Irving Penn is the first retrospective of his work in almost 20 years, with pieces from each stage of his long and respected career.

Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559,

12.1-1.6: Brian and Ryan | A Porto Vista Hotel Kitschmas Special

The collaborative artistic team of Brian Black and Ryan Bulis build a Christmas installation in the Porto Vista Hotel’s lobby with holiday designs from the mid-century through the present – and challenge traditions and conventions in the process.

Porto Vista Hotel, 1835 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.888.8288,

12.1: Phantasmagoria

Some images are real, others are imaginary, both are like a dream.

Thumbprint Gallery, 920 Kline St., La Jolla, 858.354.6294,

12.2-30: Magnetic Content

Award-winning artist Joan McKasson has juried this exhibition, featuring between 95 and 100 original watercolor paintings that are ready to hang and waiting to be sold.

San Diego Watercolor Society, 2825 Dewey Road, Liberty Station, 619.876.4550,

12.7: Reception & Artist Talk: Ashley V. Blalock

Artist Ashley V. Blalock, who has an evolving series of large-scale, site-specific works featuring red, crochet doilies, will discuss her work and her process at this event.

Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760.436.6611,

12.22-4.21.19: National Watercolor Society: Southern California Inspirations, Past and Present

Selected paintings from artists in the National Watercolor Society who live in Southern California will be part of this special exhibition, alongside curated works from former society members.

Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720,