Roy De Forest
Drifting Down the Mississippi #2
1961
mixed media construction
31 x 36 x 7 1/2 inches
RDs02a

Roy De Forest
Indian Joe Reads the Major Works of Edmund Husserl
1964-65
acrylic on canvas 
65 x 54 inches
RDp11

Robert Arneson
Scale
1965
glazed ceramic 
14 x 13 x 4 1/2 inches
RAs139
Peter Saul
Kilroy
1966
oil on canvas
54 x 69 inches
PSp18
Joan Brown
Portrait of Bob for Bingo
1960
oil on canvas
29 x 29 inches

Joan Brown
Bird
1960
cloth, cardboard, wire, twine and wood
11 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Robert Arneson
Small Jewel Box
1964
glazed ceramic
7 1/2 x 5 x 5 inches
Robert Arneson
Funk Teapot
c. 1965
glazed ceramic
11 x 13 x 9 inches

Robert Arneson
Zig Teapot
1969
glazed ceramic 
11 x 6 x 9 inches

Robert Arneson
American Standard (3 Johns)
1965
glazed ceramic 
4 x 8 x 6 inches
Robert Arneson
Breast Trophy (Official Souvenir Trophy)
1964
glazed ceramic 
19 1/2 x 11 x 9 inches

Press Release

California in the 1960's: Funk Revisited 
 
Feb 1 - Feb 28, 1995
 
 
During February the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will continue its examination of Bay Area art with an exhibition titled "California in the 60s" which follows last season's "California in the 70s." The focus in this exhibition will be "Funk," a Bay Area phenomenon, documented in a 1967 exhibition at Berkeley organized by Peter Selz. The current exhibition echoes the earlier one, while concentrating on the core practitioners who included Robert Arneson, Joan Brown, Roy DeForest, David Gilhooly, Robert Hudson, Manuel Neri, Peter Saul and William Wiley.
 
Funk is characterized by organic or irregular form, a certain casualness in modeling or handling and an informality in subject and form.  One of the central events of the Funk period was "The Slant Step Show" of 1966 which brought together most of the practitioners and there will be at least one souvenir of that show in the current exhibition. the works of the Funk artists were mainly sculptural (the earlier show was exclusively sculptural) but there are a number of paintings in the current show, by such artists as William Wiley, Roy DeForest, Joan Brown and Peter Saul, all of whom are represented sculpturally as well.
 
The show might be titled "Funk Lives On," as the influence of Funk is still very real both out West, in the Midwest and in pockets of resistance in the East. 
 
The Funk exhibition will run from 1st to the 28th of February. Gallery hours are 10 to 6, Tuesday through Friday and from 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays. 
 
 
Exhibition Checklist
 
1. Peter Saul, CCCP (The Russians are Coming), 1966, enamel on wood, 45 x 33 x 38 inches
 
2. David Gilhooly, Red River Hoglet, ca. 1969-70, glazed ceramic, 10 x 26 x 15 inches
 
3. Chris Unterseher, Sunset Beach 1968, 1968, glazed ceramic, 5 x 24 x 7 inches
 
4. William T. Wiley, The Olde Slant Step Game, 1966, mixed media construction, 20 x 11 3/4 x 3 inches
 
5. Robert Arneson, Breast Trophy (Official Souvenir Trophy), 1964, glazed ceramic, 19 1/2 x 11 x 9 inches
 
6. Robert Arneson, Garden Pet, 1964, glazed earthenware, 18 x 14 x 5 inches
 
7. Roy DeForest, Drifting Down the Mississippi #2, 1961, mixed media construction, 31 x 36 x 7 1/2 inches
 
8. Robert Arneson, Funk Teapot, ca. 1965, glazed ceramic, 11 x 13 x 9 inches
 
9. Manuel Neri, Plaster Loop 1, ca, 1960, plaster, wood, and enamel, 43 1/8 x 44 x 21 3/4 inches
 
10. Manuel Neri, Small Loop, 1961, glazed ceramic, 24 x 18 1/2 x 16 inches
 
11. Joan Brown, Portrait of Bob for Bingo, 1960, oil on canvas, 29 x 29 inches
 
12.  James Melchert, Still-Life with Rapt Heart, 1966, glazed ceramic, 8 1/2 x 16 x 17 inches
 
13.  Roy DeForest, Indian Joe Reads the Major Works of Edmund Husserl, 1964-65, acrylic on canvas, 65 x 54 inches
 
14.  David Gilhooly, Hippo Footstool, ca. 1966, glazed ceramic with fake fur, 17 1/2 x 14 inches
 
15.  William T. Wiley, Rhino's Dream, 1966, acrylic on canvas, 67 1/2 x 72 inches
 
16.  Robert Hudson, Diamond back, 1964, enamel on steel, 74 x 57 x 35 inches
 
17.  Peter Saul, Kilroy, 1966, oil on canvas, 54 x 69 inches
 
18.  Robert Hudson, Lusterware Rose, 1966, glazed ceramic, 11 x 28 x  25 inches
 
19.  Robert Arneson, Scale, 1965, glazed ceramic, 14 x 13 x 4 1/2 inches
 
20.  William T. Wiley, Beatnik Comet Over the World, 1968, mixed media on paper, 17 1/2 x 26 inches
 
21.  Joan Brown, Bird, 1960, cloth, cardboard, wire, twine and wood, 11 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
 
22.  David Gilhooly, Squid, ca. 1965, glazed ceramic, 10 x 11 x 5 inches
 
23.  Robert Arneson, Zig Teapot, 1969, glazed ceramic, 11 x 6 x 9 inches
 
24.  Robert Arneson, Small Jewel Box, 1964, glazed ceramic, 7 1/2 x 5 x 5 inches
 
25.  Robert Arneson, American Standard (3 Johns), 1965, glazed ceramic, 4 x 8 x 6 inches
 
26.  James Melchert, Zipper Pouch, 1965, glazed porcelin, 3 x 8 x 4 inches