California in the 1970s: Bay Area Painting and Sculpture Revisited
Mar 2 - Mar 31, 1994
On Wednesday, March 2nd the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will open a group of exhibition of painting and sculpture by artists living in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1070s. The exhibition will feature works by Robert Arneson, Joan Brown, Robert Colescott, Roy DeForest, Robert Hudson, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira, Wayne Thiebaud, and William T. Wiley.
The Frumkin/Adams Gallery has exhibited artists working in Califormia for many years, beginning with Richard Diebenkorn in 1954. In the 1960s Bay Area Area artists Roy DeForest, Robert Hudson, and William Wiley began exhibiting regularly with the gallery in New York, and by the mid-1970s, with the addition of Joan Brown and Robert Arneson to the gallery roster, the Bay Area presence was firmly established.
The aim of the present exhibition is to give a sense of the achievement and communal spirit of the Bay Area art scene during the 1970s. The works in the exhibition are nearly all figurative, utilize non-traditional media such as ceramic, house paint and found objects, and are determined to be taken too seriously. One of Wiley's contributions, for example, Sudden Attack by the Berry Roots We Hold Dear, 1975, is a multi-media construction and watercolor whose centerpiece is a tree root. Neri's Scribe, 1972, combines plaster, wire, scrap wood and burlap, while Arneson's Laughing George, 1976, is a ceramic portrait of Geore Washington tinted and textured like a dollar bill. Joan Brown, in a self-portrait from 1971, depicts herself accompanied by a world and a gorilla.
California in the 1970s: Bay Area Painting and Sculpture Revisited will open Wednesday, March 2 and continue through the month. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery hours are from Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 6 and from 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays.