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.


Ends Sunday at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Today to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. (310) 506-4851.