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March 20, 2003|David Pagel

Wayne Thiebaud: Works From 1955 to 2003: No one paints cakes like Wayne Thiebaud. What Monet did for haystacks, Cezanne for Mont Sainte-Victoire and Pollock for drips, the California Realist does for pies, tarts and doughnuts. Transforming decked-out desserts into sumptuous displays of painterly facility and irresistible desirability, the 82-year-old artist uses diet-busting treats to make a profound statement about painting's relationship to pleasure and the place of both in the lives of ordinary Americans.

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