• a collection of modern &
    contemporary art in the heart

    of Silicon Valley

    WESTERN BUREAU.

  • About the Collection

    Founded in 2008, Western Bureau Arts maintains a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art spanning from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Our mission is to preserve and promote works that have been unjustly overlooked or otherwise under-represented in today's art market.

     

    Whether it's reviving the reputation of forgotten masters, celebrating regional art movements, or fostering the current generation of working artists, we strive to maintain this vital resource for educators, historians, curators, collectors, students, and members of the general public interested in exploring the many contours of creative expression.

    Western Bureau Annex Gallery

    About the Gallery

    The Western Bureau's Annex Gallery is located at 830 Stewart Drive, Suite 271, in Sunnyvale, California. The gallery hosts monthly exhibitions of contemporary art alongside pieces from our Permanent Collection. Pictured left is a selection from our current show: Someone/Someplace. To view our current Calls for Entry, click here.

     

    In addition to our ongoing curation and exhibitions, we also sponsor the Western Bureau Art Prize to recognize and support the work of new and emerging artists worldwide. For more information, click here.

  • Upcoming & Ongoing Exhibitions

    Showcasing New Works and Selections from the Western Bureau's Permanent Collection

    Someone/Someplace: Figures, Portraits & Landscapes

    August 15 - August 30, 2017. Western Bureau Annex, Sunnyvale, CA

    Someone/Someplace explores faces, figures, and the landscapes they inhabit. Urban and rural, alone and together, representational and abstract, real and imagined, this exhibition will explore our various interactions: with each other, and with our environments.

     

    The exhibit features contemporary paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture by: John Belue, Wei Feng, Luc Fiedler, Victoria General, Karen Kanas, Emily Kearsley, Stefan ScheerCook, Les Schmidt, Kathryn Stotler, Makoto Takigawa, and others.

     

    Also on display will be pieces from our Permanent Collection, including works by: Jacob Semiatin, Edward Hagedorn, Victor di Gesu, and Karl Kasten, and others.

    All Abstract, All Media Exhibition

    September 17 - September 30, 2017. Western Bureau Annex, Sunnyvale, CA

    All Abstract, All Media will explore non-objective art in all of its many styles, interpretations, and schools of thought. Selected works will be exhibited alongside pieces from our Permanent Collection, including paintings and drawings by Julius Wasserstein, Jack Rabinowitz, Sacha Kolin, Jerry O'Day, Victor di Gesu, and others.

     

    To submit your work for consideration, please visit our Calls for Entry page.

    Julius Wasserstein - 1973

    Bay Area Modernism (Ongoing)

    Post-War to Post-Modern, 1940-1980

    An extensive survey of mid-century works by Bay Area artists, including the pioneering "Berkeley School" and "San Francisco School" of abstract expressionism. Highlights include paintings, drawings, prints, and mixed media pieces by: Edward Dugmore, Karl Kasten, Erle Loran, John Haley, Edward Hagedorn, James McCray, Robert Gilberg, Harold C. Davies, Jerry O'Day, Irene Pattinson, Robert Holdeman, and Julius Wasserstein (pictured).

    Jacob Semiatin: Retrospective (Ongoing)

    Watercolors, 1947-1993

    Jacob Semiatin burst onto the New York art scene in the early 1950s, garnering raves for his exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Contemporary Arts Gallery, Galerie Internationale, and other vaunted institutions. The New York Times called his paintings "dynamic", "exuberant", and "high spirited". The Guggenheim's famed director James Johnson Sweeney became a close friend and admirer. Then, as quickly as he appeared, Semiatin quietly withdrew to his studio, producing a massive body of work, but never exhibiting again. Thankfully, Semiatin's inventive style has been rediscovered by a new generation of art lovers, and the Western Bureau is proud to present this retrospective consisting of eleven watercolors, spanning six decades of Semiatin's career. Pictured left is an untitled, 25x38 watercolor from 1967.

  • Calls for Entry

    Western Bureau Arts Silicon Valley is proud to announce opportunities for new, emerging, and established artists to exhibit in our gallery alongside works from the Permanent Collection. Please see below for details.

    All Abstract, All Media Exhibition

    Submission Deadline: August 22, 2017

    -->> CLICK HERE TO APPLY <<--

    THEME: Abstract and non-objective art in all styles.
    MEDIUM: All mediums accepted. Please submit hi-res JPEGS no larger than 5MB in size.

    ELIGIBILITY: Open to all local, domestic, national and international artists, both professional and amateur.

    ENTRY FEE: $40 for up to 3 images.

    ARTIST NOTIFICATION: August 31, 2017
    ART DELIVERY DATE: September 7 to September 14, 2017 (selected artists will receive delivery instructions)
    SHOW DATE: September 17 to September 30, 2017

    LOCATION: Western Bureau Arts, Annex Gallery- 830 Stewart Drive, Suite 271, Sunnyvale, CA

    SALES SPLIT: 80% to Artist, 20% to Gallery

     

    Western Bureau is seeking abstract and non-objective art in all styles and mediums for our upcoming group exhibition. Selected works will be exhibited alongside pieces from our Permanent Collection, including paintings and drawings by Julius Wasserstein, Jack Rabinowitz, Sacha Kolin, Jerry O'Day, Victor di Gesu, and others.

     

    -->> CLICK HERE TO APPLY <<--

     

  • The Western Bureau Art Prize

    We are proud to announce the winner and finalists for the 2017 Western Bureau Art Prize.

    Winner: Maggie Evans

    Stark and haunting beauty.

    Many places come to mind when viewing the stark and haunting cityscapes presented in Maggie Evans' “Collective Behavior” paintings. The crumbling housing projects of America's inner cities, perhaps. The bleak apartment blocks of a forlorn Soviet republic. Maybe they are the towers of a provincial Chinese city, obscured by pollution. If this were literature, we might see shades of Kafka or Solzhenitsyn. In music, perhaps Bruce Springsteen or Biggie Smalls. In film, these could be production still from Terry Gilliam's Brazil. Regardless, the dramatic and arresting effect of these paintings shines through.

     

    It might surprise some viewers to learn that Maggie Evans calls Savannah, Georgia home, a place more associated with charming, postcard-perfect streets than a foreboding dystopia. This assumption can be misleading though. You don't have to venture far from the tourist districts to notice that Savannah is not immune to the cycles of poverty, crime, and disenchantment that exists nearly everywhere.

     

    This is not to say that Evans' work is all doom and gloom, however. In fact, it is a subtle meditation beautifully rendered. There is a sense of calm throughout. I believe we have to look beyond the structures themselves, as striking as they are, and consider what they may represent. What's more important: the edifice, or those who inhabit them? What do they feel and experience?

     

    These paintings question a basic assumption: if buildings are marvels of engineering, architecture, technology and labor (which they are), and cities (as aggregates of these marvels) represent the highest form of human achievement, how do we account for the failings inherent in their design? How do account for a loss of individuality, the sameness, the repetition, the loneliness? How do we grapple with our hazy sense of purpose, and the many unintended consequences? Are we, like the buildings, suppose to disappear into the miasma?

     

    That is the magic of this work. It allows us to question and ponder “what is” so that we may put into motion “what should be”.

     

    To learn more about Maggie Evans and her paintings and installations, please visit: http://www.maggieevansart.com/

    Honorable Mention: Carlos Beltran-Arechiga

    Fluid interactions.

    To put it simply, Carlos Beltran-Arechiga is a natural painter. That's not to say that his paintings hew to a strict representation of nature, or conform to some rigid formality. Rather, his work is an ethereal exploration of space and environment, effortlessly juxtaposing sharp geometry with freewheeling freshness and spontaneity. There's a firm sense of control and an intuitive sense of composition at work here, with light mingling and growing from darker tones, giving each piece a sense of gravity, and a touch of playfulness.

     

    Carlos Beltran-Arechiga lives and works in Los Angeles, and you can learn more about his expressive works by visiting: http://beltronicastudio.wixsite.com/carlos-arechiga

    Honorable Mention: Ryota Matsumoto

    Worlds within worlds.

    The interdisciplinary works of Ryota Matsumoto are stunning in their complexity. Given his accomplished background in design, urban planning, and architecture, it's not surprising to see these disparate elements filtered and combined into abstractions that are grand in scale and precise in their execution. What we see is the universe in miniature, with Ryota's eye peering through the microscope. Laid before us are the unique paths we all take through life- alternately linear, circular, jagged, and fluid- which then mingle with others, randomly and intentionally, thus forming a social knot of ever-changing interactions.

     

    To explore the intricate worlds of Ryota Matsumoto, please visit: http://www.ryotamatsumoto.com

  • Contact Us

    Please feel free to get in touch.

    830 Stewart Drive, Suite 271
    Sunnyvale, California 94085
    Monday - Friday, by appointment. W.B.A. is a volunteer-run organization, so hours and availability may vary.
    (408) 785-6070