Elmer Bischoff, the Waiting Room 1954

Elmer Bischoff, Figure with Tree, 1972. Oil on canvas, 86 1/2 x 80 inches.

Elmer Bischoff is the subject of a survey exhibition at the Marin Museum of Contemproary Art. Spanning 1937-1972, the show illustrates Bischoff's visual journey from abstraction to figuration, and back again, reinforcing his legacy as a pivotal artist in the Bay Area art scene. Bischoff began painting figuratively in the early 1950s and, along with David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, founded the Bay Area Figurative Movement, a radical counter to Abstract Expressionism. Bischoff was a painter deeply engaged in the practice of putting paint on canvas in a way that kept him constantly searching for something just out of his reach. He cultivated a sense of mood and place in his paintings and drawings, with marks and compositions influenced by his love of music, including New Orleans Jazz and classical music.

 

The show opens on February 29: Meghan O'Callaghan, visiting art scholar from Toronto, will present an Art Talk on Bischoff at 4pm, followed by a reception from 5-7pm. A catalog will be published in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring an essay by former Stanford Cantor Arts Center curator Hilarie Faberman. 

The exhibition will be on view through April 19.

 

More information here.