This group of paintings places Wayne Thiebaud’s Caged Pie, usually seen as an emblem of American Pop Art, in the context of his contemporaries in California, including Roger Kuntz, David Park, Roland Petersen, Raimonds Staprans, and Paul Wonner. Works by Richard Diebenkorn can also be seen in the Visible Vaults. These artists, in response to the Abstract Expressionists, sought to return representational subject matter to painting, while also combining scenes from daily life with gestural and loose brushwork and the strong light and blue shadows that are distinctive to California.

Featured: Wayne Thiebaud, Caged Pie, 1962. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase through the Earle W. Grant Acquisition Fund. 1977.109