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New Sonoma shows examines the connection between tools and art

24 Apr 2013 12:51 PM
New Sonoma shows examines the connection between tools and art

Tools and art are typically seen as near opposites: one is designed to perform a specific task while the other is made with no real practical purpose in mind. However, a new show at the Sonoma County Museum hopes to blur that line as it explores the intersection of tools and art.

"Tools as Art: Selections from the Hechinger Collection of International Arts and Artists," explores this connection with vibrant, often witty pieces from a wide variety of artists and mediums. Although the exhibit takes a lighthearted approach, it doesn't scrimp on art-world cache. Renowned contemporary artists like Arman, Claes Oldenburg and Jim Dine have all contributed works, which means that the show is likely to appeal to both art buffs and more casual fans. The exhibit runs from March 8 to June 2. 

The works come from the Hechinger Collection, which was started in 1978 as a way for the Hechinger Company, a hardware and building materials business, to decorate its headquarters. Since then, the headquarters, which are located in Washington D.C., have amassed a sizable collection of tool-related art. 

Bringing in nearly 50 of these pieces, the Sonoma County Museum is hoping to provide guests with a fun and interesting new way to think about both art and tools. The show's curators made sure to include works from many styles and eras to provide as broad an understanding as possible. From photographs and sculptures to found art, the exhibit has something for everyone and is a great way for owners of Wine Country real estate to appreciate both tools and art in a new light.