Late Bronzes, 1989 - 1992
Mar 2 - Mar 31, 1994
On March 2nd, the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will open an exhibition of bronze sculpture by Robert Arneson (1930-1992). This exhibition, the first devoted exclusively to Arneson's bronze sculpture, focuses on the period between 1989 and 1993 and includes four large-scale and four small-scale bronzes.
The centerpiece of the show are two of his last works, Chemo I and Chemo II. Never before exhibited, they reflect the artist's experience with the radiation treatment he underwent in early 1992, shortly before his death from cancer. In addition there are two small-scale works titled "Offering" that mark the beginning of a panned series of full-figure sculptures, and a large-scale portrait of Jackson Pollock from the series of 85 works on that artist Arneson began in 1982.
Arneson began working in bronze while teaching at the University of California, Davis during the early 1960s. Between 1963 and 1965 Arneson cast as many as 18 unique bronze or aluminum sculptures at the University foundry, after which he returned to sculpting exclusively in clay. In 1979, with an introduction to Mark Anderson of the Walla-Walla Foundry, Arneson's interest in bronze casting was revived. Arneson worked exclusively with the Walla-Walla foundry in the years between 1980 and his death in 1992 casting over 90 works. By 1991 Arneson had become so interesting in working in bronze that he planned to work almost exclusively in that medium in the future.
The Arneson Last Bronzes exhibition open on March 2nd and continues through the month. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 6, and 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays.