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Installation view of Robert Arneson's Untitled c.1960 ceramic sculpture

Robert Arneson at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shapes from Out of Nowhere: Ceramics from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection

Robert Arneson is included in an exhibition of contemporary ceramic sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Titled Shapes from Out of Nowhere, the exhibition was organized on the occasion of a major gift of 125 modern and contemporary ceramics from the collection of Robert A. Ellison Jr. in honor of the museum's 150th anniversary.

detail of Enrique Chagoya's 2000 codex 'utopiancannibals.org'

Enrique Chagoya to be discussed at the Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL

Reverse Image: Prints by Enrique Chagoya and Murry DePillars

Enrique Chagoya will be the subject of a conversation at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. In the conversation, Cait DiMartino, co-curator of their current exhibition For One and All: Prints from The Block Collection, will showcase two works by Enrique Chagoya and Murry DePillars respectively from the museum's collection.

Jack Beal, 'Still Life,' 1978 lithograph.

Jack Beal at the Huntington Museum of Art

The Art of the Still Life

Jack Beal is included in a group exhibition at the Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia. Titled The Art of the Still Life, the exhibition draws from the museum’s collection and traces the tradition of the still-life, beginning in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and looks to how the tradition has evolved in contemporary times. 

Installation view of 'Examining Identity Constructions,' courtesy the MW Gallery, Flint, MI. Photo by Tim Thayer.

Robert Arneson and Diane Edison at the MW Gallery

Examining Identity Construction: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection

Robert Arneson and Diane Edison are included in the exhibition Examining Identity Construction at the MW Gallery in Flint, MI, which presents selections from the Mott-Warsh collection. The exhibition features work by artists of the African-diaspora, or those whose work reflects on it, and is organized into three themed galleries: portraiture, scenes from everyday life, and artworks confronting racial myths and stereotypes.

Tony May, 'The T.House Maquette' 1983.

Tony May at the New Museum Los Gatos

Views of the T.House, 1991-92

Tony May will be the subject of two exhibitions at the New Museum in Los Gatos, CA, opening Friday, February 5, and running through Sunday, May 9. The first focuses on 'Views of the T. House,' a series of paintings May completed over the course of the early 1990s, documenting the construction and development of his ambitious, site-specific installation, the T. House, which currently lives on the artist’s San Jose property. Concurrently, May will be featured in the museum’s exhibition series In the Artist’s Studio for which a selection of ephemera chronicling the making of May’s Variable Book Construction (Bookmobile), 1991-95 will be shown.

Diane Edison with her 2010 Self-Portrait

Diane Edison to discuss the art of Emma Amos

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens

Diane Edison will be participating in a virtual conversation lead by curator Shawna Harris at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, in tandem with their current exhibition Emma Amos: Color Odyssey.

Joan Brown, 'Model with Drawings,' 1973.

Joan Brown reviewed by Rob Colvin for Arts Magazine

Drawn from Life: Works on Paper, 1970-1976

We’re pleased to share the video-format review of our recent exhibition of works on paper by Joan Brown, Drawn from Life, by Rob Colvin for Arts Magazine, the new, digital successor to the print legacy Arts Magazine (1926-1992).

Enrique Chagoya, 'Bathroom Painting,' 2018.

Enrique Chagoya for the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook

10 Bay Area artists on the presidential changeover from Trump to Biden

Enrique Chagoya was interviewed for the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook on the topic of the upcoming trasition of executive power. Chagoya explains his reticence to depict the current president in his art, "In ‘Seven Deadly Sins,’ I have done one or two pictures of [Trump], but then I got sick of it. I replaced his face with avatars; instead of Donald Trump, I did Donald Duck." 

Enrique Chagoya, 'Histoire Naturelle des Espécies (Natural History of the Species): Illegal Alien’s Manuscript,' 2008

Enrique Chagoya at the Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art

Protest and Promise

Enrique Chagoya is included in a group exhibition at the Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Inspired by Zoe Leonard's 1992 artwork 'I Want a President...,' Protest and Promise gathers artworks from the museum's permanent collection which address themes of protest and political unrest, dating from 1963 to 2019.

Joan Brown, 'Model with Reflection,' 1972.

Joan Brown reviewed in Artforum

Drawn from Life: Works on Paper, 1970-1976

Our exhibition of works on paper by Joan Brown was reviewed by Donald Kuspit for the January/February 2021 issue of Artforum. Kuspit provides a detailed and insightful analysis of Brown’s drawing practice, considering both the artist’s personal history as well as her place in the art-historical canon. 

In the Studio with Katherine Sherwood

In the Studio with Katherine Sherwood

A year after her first exhibition at the gallery, with a pandemic in between, we spoke with Katherine Sherwood about her ongoing series of “Brain Flowers,” working in lockdown and what to expect from her in the coming year...

Luis Cruz Azaceta, 'Shifting States - Egypt,' 2011.

Luis Cruz Azaceta at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex

Global/Borderless Caribbean XII: Focus Miami

Luis Cruz Azaceta is included in a group exhibition at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL. Global/Borderless Caribbean XII: Focus Miami is an outdoor exhibition which includes works by artists from the Miami region, or of Caribbean descent, exemplifying the multiplicity of histories, nationalities and ethnicities that define and connect Caribbean culture, all exhibited on the facade of the complex.

Jack Beal at the National Portrait Gallery

Jack Beal at the National Portrait Gallery

Visionary: The Cumming Family Collection

Jack Beal is included in an exhibition of significant portraits, Visionary: The Cumming Family Collection, at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition is centered around the museum's recent acquisition of over two dozen portraits commissioned by the Cummings in collaboration with the museum spanning over twenty five years, the first of which was Beal's 1995 Portrait of Dr. James Watson. Due to the museum's closure this past spring, Visionary has been reorganized to open with a selection of portraits by Robert McCurdy, with works by Beal, Chuck Close and Nelson Shanks to be added this coming December.

Enrique Chagoya, 'The Ghost of Liberty' 2004.

Enrique Chagoya at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now

Enrique Chagoya is included in a group exhibition of prints by Chicanx artists and their cross-cultural collaborators at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. Derived primarily from the museum's permanent collection, ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now explores the rise of these graphics within early social movements, such as the civil rights, labor, anti-war, feminist and LGBTQ+ movements, and the ways in which Chicanx artists since then have advanced innovative printmaking practices attuned to social justice and have shifted the notion of the word 'Chicano.'

Joan Brown, ‘Self-Portrait,’ 1976.

Joan Brown at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale

Joan Brown is included in Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibition, which opens Thursday November 19, draws from the museum’s permanent collection to examine the different approaches of women artists whose work engages or challenges ideas of space, whether it be physically or critically.

Tony May, 'For Birthday 13...' 2020

Elmer Bischoff, Enrique Chagoya, Tony May, Katherine Sherwood and more at b. sakata garo gallery

Celebrating Wayne Thiebaud's 100th Birthday

Elmer Bischoff, Enrique Chagoya, Tony May and Katherine Sherwood are included among many others in a group exhibition on the occasion of Wayne Thiebaud's 100th Birthday, at b. sakata garo gallery, Sacramento, CA. Titled Happy Birthday, the exhibition includes works by Thiebaud and his contemporaries such as Bischoff, David Park and Richard Diebenkorn; as well as works commissioned specifically for the exhibition.

Enrique Chagoya giving an artist talk 2019

Enrique Chagoya elected to the National Academy of Design

Congratulations to Enrique Chagoya, who has recently been elected to the National Academy of Design. Chagoya is joining a storied community of over 2,350 artists and architects which extends back nearly two centuries. This year’s class includes artists Derrick Adams, Cecily Brown, Mitch Epstein, Rafael Ferrer, Beverly Fishman, Charles Gaines, Carmen Herrera, Jennifer Packer, Walid Raad, Betye Saar, Beverly Semmes, as well as architects Michael Maltzan, Toshiko Mori and Claire Weisz. 

'David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions' installation view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Recently opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions, which accompanies a major retrospective of Park’s. David Park and His Circle considers the importance of the drawing sessions: weekly, informal gatherings where artists drew from a live model. Initiated in the early 1950s by artists such as Park, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn and Paul Wonner, these sessions were a result of the camaraderie amongst artists in the Bay Area at the time.

Luis Cruz Azaceta and Enrique Chagoya at the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke

Luis Cruz Azaceta and Enrique Chagoya at the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke

A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience; 20 Years of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection

Luis Cruz Azaceta and Enrique Chagoya are included in a group exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia. A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience channels the widespread feelings of personal and collective anxiety evident in contemporary art. The exhibition includes over 70 works, all by Latinx and Latin American artists based in the US, from the collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody.

Installation View, 'We Fight to Build a Free World,' Jewish Museum, New York, 2020.

Enrique Chagoya at the Jewish Museum

We Fight to Build a Free World

Enrique Chagoya is included in a group exhibition at the Jewish Museum, We Fight to Build a Free World, organized by New York-based artist and curator Jonathan Horowitz. The exhibition looks at how artists have historically responded to the rise of xenophobia, authoritarianism, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. Originally slated to open earlier this year, the exhibition has become increasingly relevant in the wake of recent events this year surrounding police brutality and systemic racism in America.

Enrique Chagoya as guest juror for 'The de Young Open'

Enrique Chagoya as guest juror for 'The de Young Open'

de Young Museum, San Francisco

Enrique Chagoya was recently tasked as a guest juror for The de Young Open, which opens this fall at the de Young Museum, San Francisco. Together with Mildred Howard, Hung Liu and four of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s curators, Chagoya selected the works in the exhibition from over ten thousand submissions. As a lifelong activist and a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area for several decades, Chagoya has been an advocate for Bay Area artists throughout.

Luis Cruz Azaceta CRISIS 3, 2020

Luis Cruz Azaceta in New Orleans, LA

Congratulations to Luis Cruz Azaceta, who will be included in two group exhibitions this fall, at the Ogden Museum of Southern art and the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans. The 2020 edition of the Ogden’s Louisiana Contemporary is curated by René Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at the Pérez Art Museum. Opening September 5, it will include works by 56 artists highlighting Louisiana’s unique visual arts culture. Opening September 18 at the CAC New Orleans is the group exhibition Make America What America Must Become. Deriving its title from a 1963 quote by James Baldwin, the exhibition examines and challenges power structures in America through art. 

Installation view of Contemporary Latin American art in the Kasser Family Wing, Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona.

Enrique Chagoya at the Tucson Museum of Art

Contemporary Latin American Art

Enrique Chagoya is included in a group exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona. Drawing from its permanent collection, this exhibition reveals the vast range of source material and artistic approaches utilized by contemporary Latin American artists: figuration, abstraction, science, social commentary and everything in between.

Installation view, Documents, George Adams Gallery, New York, 2020.

Documents: Online Viewing Room

We’re pleased to announce that the online viewing room to accompany our current exhibition, Documents is now available. While the gallery is open by appointment, the page serves as an opportunity to virtually tour the exhibition for those who may not be able to visit the gallery in person.

Remembering James McGarrell

Remembering James McGarrell

1930-2020

We were saddened to only recently learn of James McGarrell’s passing earlier this year. One of the most celebrated painters of his generation, he was generally grouped with other realist painters such as Jack Beal and Philip Pearlstein. However he considered the term “fiction painting” to better describe his work, and the combination of allegory and wide-ranging literary and artistic references in his paintings defies easy categorization. McGarrell considered that “[his] canvases… are informed by invention, which is simply memory recharged by idea and imagination."

Luis Cruz Azaceta interviewed for Hypermedia Magazine

Luis Cruz Azaceta interviewed for Hypermedia Magazine

Alone in a country called Exile

Luis Cruz Azaceta was interviewed by François Vallée for Hypermedia Magazine's The Bunker, a series by Vallée which focuses on contemporary Cuban art. In the interview, Azaceta discusses his upbringing in Marianao, Cuba; the experience of living as a Cuban exile for the past 60 years; how emmigrating to New York at the age of 18 formed his outlook on art and life; and the ways in which his artistic process has evolved over the years. Azaceta explains, "I have always considered myself a New York artist, my training has been done in this city with all its influences and, of course, with my Cuban idiosyncrasy and my particular way of thinking about art, which is a fusion of the two cultures in that physical and mental space called exile."

Enrique Chagoya, Detention at the Border of Language, 2019.

Enrique Chagoya in conversation with Bud Shark, Judy Hecker and Sarah Kirk Hanley

Enrique Chagoya was in conversation with Bud Shark, as part of an online program co-organized by the International Print Center New York and the Manhattan Graphics Center. The talk focused on art-making, cultural dialogue, collaboration, and the current crisis, moderated by Sarah Kirk Hanley, Executive Director of MGC, and Judy Hecker, Director of IPCNY. 

Katherine Sherwood to Receive an Honorary Doctorate

Katherine Sherwood to Receive an Honorary Doctorate

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Congratulations to Katherine Sherwood, who will be receiving an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, during their 2020 commencement address! Alongside artists Mel Chin, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell and Gerald Williams, Sherwood will be recognized for her work addressing intersectionality, feminism, and art history through the lens of disability.

Enrique Chagoya discusses sheltering-in-place on Square Cylinder

Enrique Chagoya discusses sheltering-in-place on Square Cylinder

Shelter-in-Place Chronicles: Artists Speak

Square Cylinder reached out to artists and writers, to talk about life during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. As part of the series, Enrique Chagoya shares his thoughts while sheltering-in-place at home with his wife, artist Kara Maria. "Like most people, I don’t recall a time in my life when I felt a global catastrophe was just outside the door, much less with death lingering and waiting for us hidden beneath the clearest skies and purest air we have experienced in decades."

Elmer Bischoff, the Waiting Room 1954

Elmer Bischoff at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

A Survey of Paintings and Drawings, 1937-1972

Elmer Bischoff is the subject of a survey exhibition at the Marin Museum of Contemproary Art. The exhibition includes over thirty works from private and public collections that illustrate Bischoff's visual journey from abstraction to figuration, and back again, over the course of four decades. Bischoff is internationally recognized as a founder, along with Richard Diebenkorn and David Park, of what has come to be known as Bay Area Figuration. His paintings are sensual and lyrical, with marks and compositions influenced by his love of music, including New Orleans Jazz and classical music. Regardless of what he sought to capture, Bischoff was continually engaged in searching out an elusive harmony from his subjects.

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw lecture on Robert Arneson

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw lecture on Robert Arneson

Robert Arneson's 'Black Pictures': Race, Politics, and Personal Pain

The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art will be hosting a talk on Robert Arneson's Black series. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw will examine the controversial body of work, which shows Arneson wrestling with complex ideas about racial stereotyping, political demagoguery and his own identity as he simultaneously battled the debilitating cancer that would take his life in 1992.

Peter Saul, 'Self' 1987

Peter Saul at the New Museum

Crime and Punishment

Peter Saul is the subject of a survey exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. 

 

Saul's first museum retrospective in New York, Crime and Punishment spans five decades of the artist's career. The show illustrates his evolution from early gestural paintings on American consumerism to a sharp, brightly-colored aesthetic drawing from elements of Pop Art, Surrealism, history painting, vernacular illustration and the shock of current events, embued with persistent ethicality and a biting sense of humor. Spanning roughly sixty paintings, Saul addresses topics varying from '60s counterculture in California, to the Vietnam War, Ronald Reagan, Angela Davis, race and gender politics, art criticism, US history, and self-examination.

Enrique Chagoya, Aliens Sans Frontières, 2016, Color lithograph. 24 x 28 in. Published by Shark's Ink in Lyons, CO.

Enrique Chagoya at the Triton Museum of Art

Aliens

Enrique Chagoya is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art. Aliens is a survey of the artist's career: works included illustrate the artist drawing from his experiences living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the late 70’s, and also in Europe in the late 90’s, juxtaposing secular, popular, and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States, Latin America and the world as well.

Enrique Chagoya, 'Le Cannibale Moderniste' 1999

Enrique Chagoya at the Sheldon Museum of Art

Person of Interest

Enrique Chagoya is included in a group exhibition at the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, which gathers a range of works investigating the genre of portraiture in contemporary art.

Roy De Forest, 'Untitled,' 1978. 5 Color lithograph, 22 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches.

Joan Brown, Roy De Forest and William T. Wiley at the Albuquerque Museum

Cartoon Formalism

Joan Brown, Roy De Forest and William T. Wiley are included in a group exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico. Featuring a selection of works on paper from the museum's collection, Cartoon Formalism examines the Funk aesthetic cultivated in Northern California in the 1970s. Moving away from the kind of abstraction that triumphed in New York at the time, these artists created work that is ironic and playful in appearance, while presenting serious psychological and personal subjects.

Robert Arneson, 'A Hollow Gesture,' 1980.

Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest and William T. Wiley among others at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

Gesture: The Human Figure After Abstraction

Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest and William T. Wiley are included in a group exhibition at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Gesture: The Human Figure After Abstraction presents the work of the first-generation artists of the UC Davis art department at a pivotal moment in art history. As part of what came to be known as the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Davis artists looked to abstract art while nurturing a distinctive identity for modernism.

Jack Beal, 'Pride' 1977-78

Jack Beal at the Huntington Museum of Art

Pastels & Drawings

Jack Beal is included in a group exhibition at the Huntington Museum of Art. Pastels & Drawings presents significant works on paper from the museum's collection that chronicle the history of drawing, contextualized as independent works of art as well as preparatory and ephemeral materials.

Installation View, "Eclectic Ecology," Cummer Museum 2020

Amer Kobaslija at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Eclectic Ecology: Landscape Perspectives from Ponce De León to Florida Man

Amer Kobaslija is included in a group exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Eclectic Ecology: Landscape Perspectives from Ponce De León to Florida Man surveys how artists over time have engaged with the Floridian cultural landscape. Since Jacques le Moyne, the first European artist known to have visited Florida, arrived in 1564, artists have wrestled with how to capture this dichotomy between the natural landscape and its inhabitants in their depictions of the state.

Joan Brown, 'The Room Part 1,' 1975.

Joan Brown at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection, 1945 to Now

Joan Brown's 1975 The Room, Part 1 is currently on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Crossroads, mined from the museum's permanent collection, illustrates the artist's critical role in everyday life, at the intersection of history and society. Beginning in 1945, the installation is broken up into chapters that create a visual dialog of global post-war history.

Robert Arneson, Whistling in the Dark, 1976

Robert Arneson at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019

Robert Arneson is included in a group exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019 surveys how artists have explored craft in their respective practices over the past seven decades. Stemming from the museum's permanent collection, the works included in the exhibition challenge and expand upon ideas of abstraction, popular culture, feminist and queer aesthetics, and relationships to identity and place. Robert Arneson's 1976 Whistling in the Dark is on view alongside works by over sixty artists such as Ron Nagle, Richard Shaw, and Viola Frey. 

Enrique Chagoya, Detention at the Border of Language, 2019.

Enrique Chagoya at Coulter Art Gallery, Stanford University

Detention at the Border of Language

Enrique Chagoya will have a solo exhibition at Coulter Art Gallery at Stanford University.

 

The exhibition, titled Detention at the Border of Language, will be a survey of paintings, drawings, prints and multiples focusing on the idea of alienation and cultural identity. Chagoya, who is a full professor in Stanford's department of Art and Art History, says in a statement "I believe that everybody is an alien. I think that we all come from somewhere else. Nobody is pure ethnically. Those times are gone. Maybe there was never any purity in human history in terms of ethnicity because we are all part of the same genome... My experiences have made me realize that I am from everywhere and from nowhere."

Amer Kobaslija, After Watteau II 2018

Amer Kobaslija reviewed in Art in America

Amer Kobaslija’s Paintings Imagine the Future of the Gulf Coast Landscape

Amer Kobaslija's recent solo exhibition Florida Noir at Arthur Roger Gallery was reviewed by Francesca Aton in Art in America. The article examines the nuances and references in Kobaslija's new body of work on Florida's cultural landscape. Aton writes "Kobaslija’s scenes of hunters and police officers patrolling forlorn lands suggest a postapocalyptic world, but his paintings also envision quotidian experiences during a slow-moving ecological crisis, with desolate landscapes inhabited by families, children, and pets."

Enrique Chagoya, Everyone is Alienigeno, 2018

Enrique Chagoya at Florida Gulf Coast University

Everyone is an Alienígeno: Enrique Chagoya

Enrique Chagoya is the subject of a solo exhibition at Florida Gulf Coast University Art Galleries.

 

Everyone is an Alienígeno: Enrique Chagoya is the first survey of the artist’s work in Florida. The exhibition includes prints and paintings on his political and social activism, addressing issues such as national borders, immigration and cultural conflict. Chagoya states "...As an artist I have the right to make my own construction of history, not necessarily ideological but by using artistic license to construct a narrative, with humor and a more contemporary feel, that is different from the dominant history."

Robert Arneson, Nuclear War Head #1, 1983

Karen Nikos-Rose on Robert Arneson for UC Davis Arts Blog

UC Davis Historian Chronicles Robert Arneson’s Anti-Nuke Art for New York Exhibition

Karen Nikos-Rose has recently posted a story to the UC Davis Arts Blog on Robert Arneson's Anti-War works, as well as Kathryn Olmsted's contribution to the catalog on the series. The post provides an overview of Olmsted's essay for the catalog and her previous work, as well as details on Arneson's career in context to Bay Area politics and his thirty-year tenure as professor at UC Davis. Nikos-Rose writes "Arneson, true to form, took his political feelings and activism to his clay, paint and paper, creating what is often painful, crushing commentary on the 1980s arms race." 

Enrique Chagoya, Nose Job, 1989

Ruben Cordova on Enrique Chagoya for Glasstire

Heroes and Villains

Enrique Chagoya is the subject of several recent essays by Ruben Cordova for Glasstire. This three-part series of long form essays discusses heroes, villains, and all things satire in Enrique Chagoya's work and practice. Cordova references specific works as well as recent conversations with the artist, analyzing Chagoya's work in a critical and art-historical context. 

Luis Cruz Azaceta, Lotto: The American Dream, 1992.

Luis Cruz Azaceta at Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University

10: Artist as Catalyst

Luis Cruz Azaceta is included in 10: Artist as Catalyst at the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University. This exhibition revisits a 1992 portfolio of prints made by a group of 10 artists to benefit the Alternative Museum in New York which was targeted in the '80s "culture wars" for its dedication to mounting exhibitions of social and political relevance. The portfolio includes Azaceta's Lotto: The American Dream alongside works by Ida Applebroog, Leon Golub, Luis Jimenez, Jerry Kearns, Komar and Melamid, Adrian Piper, Ben Sakoguchi, Andres Serrano, and Lorna Simpson.

Installation View, Slant Step Forward, Verge Center for the Arts 2019

Robert Arneson and William T. Wiley at the Verge Center for the Arts

Slant Step Forward

Robert Arneson and WIlliam T. Wiley are included included in Slant Step Forward at the Verge Center for the Arts. The exhibition centers itself around the "slant step," an infamous slanted stool originally procured by Wiley back in 1965. Over five decades the slant step was passed around between artists from Northern California such as Bruce Nauman and Richard Serra, and went on to inspire countless works of art and literature, including an artists' book published in 1969 by Phil Weidman.

Installation view, "Ancient History of the Distant Future," Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 2019, photo credit Barbara Katus, courtesy PAFA

Enrique Chagoya at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Ancient History of the Distant Future

Enrique Chagoya is included in a group exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Ancient History of the Distant Future juxtaposes PAFA’s storied permanent collection with thirteen contemporary artists whose work engages with or reacts to art history in some capacity. In a suite of eight etchings titled “Return to Goya’s Caprichos," Chagoya revisits Goya’s series of Caprices from the late 1700s, using its critical perspective on 18th century Spainish society as a jumping off point to analyze today's history in a similar vein.

Installation view, 'Your Very Own Paradise,' Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI, 2019.

Enrique Chagoya, Amer Kobaslija, Andrew Lenaghan at the Oakland University Art Gallery

Your Very Own Paradise

Enrique Chagoya, Amer Kobaslija, and Andrew Lenaghan have works included in a group exhibition at the Oakland University Art Gallery. Your Very Own Paradise offers a conduit to inspire the viewer to repose in a visual culture that is less pessimistic and more open to the abundance of a positive and inclusive world view. Including over a dozen artists, this exhibition serves as a visual break from the tumultousness of our times. 

Artwork by Tony May on view at b. sakata garo gallery, 2019.

Tony May at b. sakata garo gallery

Secret Language

Tony May is included in a three person exhibition titled Secret Language at b. sakata garo gallery in Sacramento, CA alongside Lonny Tomono and Chris Daubert. The exhibition presents three artist friends who have long lived far apart but have influenced, inspired or amused one another's work since their first meeting in San Jose, CA circa 1974.

Joan Brown, 'Self Portrait,' 1977

Joan Brown acquired by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Self Portrait, 1977

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has recently acquired Joan Brown's Self Portrait from 1977. Self-portraiture was a major part of Brown's practice, this one being of particular significance. Brown directly challenges stereotypes that women artists often face, depicting herself seated in her studio wear white gloves, a billowy dress and heels painting a still-life when in actuality she wore sensible clothes often splattered in paint. 

Luis Cruz Azaceta, 'Apocalypse Now or Later,' 2019.

Luis Cruz Azaceta at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

'Louisiana Contemporary' curated by David Breslin

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art first launched Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation, in 2012, to establish a vehicle that would bring to the fore the work of artists living in Louisiana and highlight the dynamism of art practice throughout the state. The 2019 edition, which opened to the public on August 3, includes 23 artists and 44 works of art, spanning painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and mixed-media installation.

Enrique Chagoya 2018

Enrique Chagoya Artist Lecture at the San Antonio Museum of Art

The Art of Appropriation from Pop Art to Reverse Anthropology and Reverse Modernism

Enrique Chagoya will be giving a lecture at the San Antonio Museum of Art early next month. The talk will focus on Chagoya's use of appropriation of Western art from the perspective of a non Western artist (including topics of immigration, colonialism, and contemporary issues) appropriating from comic books to modernist art, etc.

Tony May, Book Roof Test, 2001.

Tony May at 871 Fine Arts

Léonie Guyer, Dan Max, Tony May

Tony May is included in a three-person exhibition at 871 Fine Arts, alongside Léonie Guyer and Dan Max. This exhibition juxtaposes the work of long-time Bay Area artists. May's work in the exhibition comprises a selection of paintings, sculpture and constructions dating 1980-2019. The exhibition is on view through September 6. 

Luis Cruz Azaceta, 'AIDS Patient,' 1989

Luis Cruz Azaceta in the New York Times

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989

Luis Cruz Azaceta is named in a complimentary long form review of Art after Stonewall: 1969-89 in the New York Times. Holland Cotter notes "...though we’re in the era of AIDS, the sense of urgency that absolutely defined that time is missing. This is not to say there’s a shortage of good work." He goes on to say that "The show would be valuable if it did nothing more than showcase artists like Laura Aguilar, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Jerome Caja, Lenore Chinn, Maxine Fine, Luis Frangella and Marc Lida..." 

Amer Kobaslija, Alexander Springs, 2019

Amer Kobaslija reviewed in Oslobodjenje

Ironic Images of Social Excitement

A long-form article on Amer Kobaslija's current exhibition Florida Diaries is featured in Oslobodjenje, one of the most iconic publications based in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Irfan Hosic writes "the "Florida Diaries" series is an integral part of [Kobaslija]'s psychological tissue, in which the experience of violent relocation and alienation, as well as voluntary acceptance and rapprochement, is permanently recorded." 

Promotional graphic for the exhibition 'What is an edition, anyway?' at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 2019

Enrique Chagoya at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

What is an edition, anyway?

Enrique Chagoya is featured in What is an edition, anyway? at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts. This exhibition explores the traditions, conditions, assumptions, and inventive expressions of the contemporary artists’ multiple, featuring works from the McEvoy Family Collection and the collection of Thomas Cvikota, alongside projects by Chagoya, Daniel Clowes, Ala Ebtekar, Jonn Herschend, Stephanie Syjuco, and Hank Willis Thomas.

Enrique Chagoya at work, 2019

Enrique Chagoya interviewed for The Print Cast

The Power of Political Satire

Enrique Chagoya was recently in conversation with Nick Naughton for The Print Cast, a podcast focusing on artists, designers, and printers in regards to the work they do and how it intersects with the trade and the craft of printmaking. Chagoya and Naughton discuss Chagoya's art, how satire can provoke an array of responses, and what it's like working with Master Printers. This episode is Part 1 of this interview.

Installation View, Joan Brown, Frieze New York, George Adams Gallery, New York, 2019.

Joan Brown featured in artnet News

8 Booths You Won’t Want to Miss at Frieze New York 2019

Our booth of monumental paintings by Joan Brown at Frieze New York is featured in artnet News. 8 Booths You Won’t Want to Miss at Frieze New York 2019 highlights eight booths as a "must-see." On Joan Brown, the article states "Throughout her career, California artist Joan Brown devoured art history, absorbing influences from ancient cultures to the Old Masters. The culmination of these studies were her 1983 series of Homage paintings, four of which are on view for the first time together here. Each of these monumentally scaled works (each measuring 6 feet x 10 feet) is dedicated to the symbolism and visual language of a culture that inspired Brown."

Promotional graphic for an artist talk at SFMoMA featuring Enrique Chagoya, 2019.

Enrique Chagoya to participate in a talk at SFMoMA

The Art of Appropriation and Intellectual Property

Enrique Chagoya will be a panelist in an upcoming talk at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art titled The Art of Appropriation and Intellectual Property. Chagoya and other panelists Sonia Katyal and Sriba Kwadjovie, moderator, will discuss how appropriation manifests itself in visual art, shifting our understanding of creativity and the meaning of ownership.

Boy with Parrot 2018

Amer Kobaslija reviewed in Hyperallergic

A Painter’s Path from Bosnia to Florida’s Backwaters

Our exhibition of new paintings by Amer Kobaslija is reviewed in Hyperallergic. "With a documentarian’s eye," Edward Gómez writes, "a stylist’s deft handling of his materials, and a local’s appreciation for his subjects, Kobaslija again demonstrates that his art may be seen simultaneously as landscape painting, portraiture, and a form of contemporary history painting."

Installation view, 'Art After Stonewall 1969-89,' Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 2019

Luis Cruz Azaceta at NYU's Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989

Luis Cruz Azaceta will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989, at New York University's Grey Art Gallery and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Azaceta's AIDS Patient 1989 is included among over 200 works of art and related visual materials exploring the impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) liberation movement on visual culture.

Amer Kobaslija, 'Lowe's Tubes, Ichetucknee' triptych, 2019

Amer Kobaslija at the Orlando Museum of Art

2019 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

The Orlando Museum of Art has recently announced that Amer Kobaslija is one of ten artists artists for the 2019 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. Organized and curated by the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA), the Florida Prize exhibition brings new recognition to the state’s most compelling and progressive artists. Artists range from emerging to mid-career, and each is engaged in exploring significant issues of contemporary art and society in original and visually exciting ways. 

Joan Brown, Girl Standing (Girl with Red Nose), 1962

Robert Arneson, Joan Brown, Peter Saul and others at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art

Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection

Currently on view at the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection curated by Dan Nadel. The exhibition features works by 40 artists including Robert Arneson, Joan Brown, Robert Hudson, Peter Saul, William T. Wiley and others, which address the world by offering generative visions of transformation and repair through social, physical, and ceremonial relationships.

Installation view, Chris Ballantyne, 'Temporal: Recent Paintings and Watercolors,' George Adams Gallery, New York, 2019.

Chris Ballantyne interviewed for Modern Painters Magazine

Temporal: Recent Paintings and Watercolors

Chris Ballantyne was interviewed by critic Cody Delistraty for Modern Painters Magazine on his solo exhibition Temporal: Recent Paintings and Watercolors. Delistraty writes "Ballantyne’s unpopulated landscape paintings maintain the vestiges of humanity in their architecture and buildings, but they ultimately question where this development is taking us, and how we’ve come to relate to nature."

Installation view, Elmer Bischoff, ADAA The Art Show, George Adams Gallery, New York, 2019.

Elmer Bischoff featured in artnet News

ADAA: The Art Show 2019

Elmer Bischoff's 1967 painting Girl With Arms Raised is included in artnet News' "6 Dazzling Works at the ADAA’s Art Show." The article features six highlights from this year's show. Eileen Kinsella writes that the painting "immediately evokes Picasso’s moody harlequin paintings."

Still from Enrique Chagoya's interview the National Portrait Gallery, 2019.

Enrique Chagoya interviewed for the National Portrait Gallery

Enrique Chagoya was recently interviewed for the National Portrait Gallery to discuss his 2016 lithograph Aliens Sans Frontières. This work is included in NPG's current exhibition Eye to I: Self Portraits from 1900 to Today, on view through August 18th.

Robert Arneson, 'Scale,' 1965.

Robert Arneson acquired by SFMoMA

Scale, 1965

Robert Arneson's 1965 sculpture Scale has been acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. An iconic work from early in his career, Scale is a prime example of Arneson’s brand of irreverent Pop and represents an important milestone in the development of Robert Arneson as an artist. 

Enrique Chagoya, Aliens Sans Frontières, 2016, Color lithograph. 24 x 28 in. Published by Shark's Ink in Lyons, CO.

Enrique Chagoya to speak at the San Francisco Hunters Point Shipyard

Enrique Chagoya will be speaking at the San Francisco Hunters Point Shipyard later this month. Enrique Chagoya: His New Paintings, Aliens Sans Frontières, an artist’s slide talk, is the third program in the To The Point series. Chagoya will speak about his recent work, which focuses on immigration and colonialism.

Diane Edison, 'Self Portrait with Glasses,' 1997.

Diane Edison solo exhibition and artist lecture at Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University

2019 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence

During her tenure as 2019 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence, Diane Edison will have a solo exhibition at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University. The exhibition will consist of self-portraits and images of family members, co-workers, and friends dating from 1997-2015. Edison will give a lecture focusing on the exhibition on February 7 at the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center. 

Enrique Chagoya, The Adventures of the Modernist Cannibals (Les Aventures des Cannibales Modernistes) (detail), 1999

Enrique Chagoya at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Who RU2 Day: Mass Media and the Fine Art Print

Enrique Chagoya's work is featured in a group exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Who RU2 Day: Mass Media and the Fine Art Print draws from the museum’s collection, featuring work by contemporary artists who exploit printed and photographic media in ways that intentionally reveal the confusing line between art and information, fact and fiction.

Joan Brown, 'Woman Waiting in a Theater Lobby,' 1975

Joan Brown at MOCA Los Angeles

One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art

Joan Brown is included in the exhibition One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. This group exhibition is inspired by American painter and film critic Manny Farber and his legendary underground essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art” (1962).

Installation view, 'Luis Cruz Azaceta: 1984-1989,' George Adams Gallery, New York, 2018.

Luis Cruz Azaceta reviewed in Diario de Cuba

Luis Cruz Azaceta: 1984-1989

Our previous exhibition of work by Luis Cruz Azaceta was reviewed in Diario de Cuba. Writer Alejandro Anreus notes "Unlike Francis Bacon or José Luis Cuevas, the self-portrait in the hands of Cruz Azaceta is never the usual narcissistic grimace of Anglo-Irish or Mexican. Cruz Azaceta uses his face and body to disembowel, showing us without any pain his wounds..."

Roy de Forest, The Dual Life of a Horse Girl, 1971

Roy De Forest and William T. Wiley at MCA Chicago

West by Midwest

Roy De Forest and William T. Wiley are featured in West by Midwest at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. This exhibition illuminates the ways that contemporary art practices spread and develop by tracing the intersecting lives of artists who have migrated from the American Midwest to the West Coast since the mid-20th century.

Promotional graphic for the exhibition '40x40' at the Sonoma State University Art Gallery, picturing the gallery exterior, 2018.

Robert Arneson, Enrique Chagoya, and Robert Hudson among others at Sonoma State University Art Gallery

40 by 40: 40th Anniversary Exhibition

Robert Arneson, Enrique Chagoya, and Robert Hudson will be included in a 40th anniversary exhibition at Sonoma State University Art Gallery. 40 by 40 celebrates the University Art Gallery's anniversary with an exhibition presenting one work each by 40 artists who have been featured in either solo or group shows since the Gallery first opened in 1978. 

Installation view of 'Califas: Art of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,' 2018, at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.

Enrique Chagoya at the Richmond Art Center

Califas: Art of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Enrique Chagoya is featured in Califas: Art of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands at the Richmond Art center. Featuring works by 21 contemporary artists and collaborative groups, Califas explores the origins of migrant memory, the consequences of boundary line fortifications, the mixing of border cultures, responses to injustice and inequality, and solutions to advance the borderlands and its peoples.

Joan Brown, Portrait of a Girl

Joan Brown acquired by Minneapolis Institute of Art

Portrait of a Girl, 1971

Joan Brown's 1971 painting Portrait of a Girl has been acquired by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The work will be included in the upcoming exhibition New to Mia: Paintings of All Shapes and Sizes!, highlighting recent aquisitions at MIA by modern and contemporary artists across genres and cultures. 

Enrique Chagoya, 'Expresses Nothing But the Self,' 2015

Enrique Chagoya at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Enrique Chagoya: Reverse Anthropology

Enrique Chagoya has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. Enrique Chagoya: Reverse Anthropology features Chagoya's deceptively subversive prints that explore issues of immigration, colonialism, the economy, the government, the commodification of art, and the recurring subject of cultural clash that continues to riddle contemporary life.

Jack Beal, 'Self-Portrait' 1974.

Jack Beal, Enrique Chagoya and Gregory Gillespie at the National Portrait Gallery

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900-Today

Works by Jack Beal, Enrique Chagoya, and Gregory Gillespie are featured in the National Portrait Gallery's upcoming exhibition Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900-Today. Drawing from the National Portrait Gallery’s vast collection of self-portraits, this exhibition explores and thinks critically about how American artists have chosen to portray themselves over the past two centuries.

Elmer Bischoff, Orange Sweater, 1955

Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown at SFMoMA

Wayne Thiebaud: Artist's Choice

Works by Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown are included in the exhibition Wayne Thiebaud: Artist's Choice at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For this exhibition, Thiebaud delved deep into the museum’s storage vault. His choices include both old friends and new discoveries by European Modernists. 

Joan Brown, Untitled (Self-Portrait in Turban with Eskimo Dog Pin), 1972.

Joan Brown and Diane Edison at Concord Center for Visual Arts

In Her Own Image: Self Portraits by Women from 1900-2018

Joan Brown and Diane Edison will be featured in the upcoming exhibition at Concord Center for the Visual Arts titled In Her Own Image: Self Portraits by Women from 1900-2018. This exhibition, curated by Amy Sudarsky, includes paintings, drawings and prints designed to present the evolution of images that women have made of themselves since the beginning of the twentieth century.

Installation view of 'Hindsight/Insight' at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque.

Robert Arneson and Joan Brown at University of New Mexico Art Museum

HINDSIGHT/INSIGHT: Reflecting on the Collection

Robert Arneson and Joan brown are included in HINDSIGHT/INSIGHT: Reflecting on the Collection at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. This exhibition highlights over 50 artworks acquired since the museum was founded in 1962, with a focus primarily on international art movements of the 1960s and 70s including Pop, Minimalism, Conceptual Art and California Funk. 

Diane Edison seated in front of her 2010 Self-Portrait drawing

Diane Edison Artist-In-Residence at Hollins University

2019 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence

Diane Edison will spend Spring Term 2019 serving as Hollins University’s Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence. The artist-in-residence program enables the university to bring a recognized artist to campus every year to work in a campus studio and teach an art seminar open to all students. During their time at Hollins, the artist-in-residence is a vital part of the university and greater Roanoke communities.

Luis Cruz Azaceta, 'JiJiJi Express' 1974-75

Luis Cruz Azaceta at the Nasher Museum at Duke University

Pop América: 1965-1975

Luis Cruz Azaceta will be included in Pop América, 1965-1975 at the Nasher Museum at Duke University. This exhibition will examine the participation and significant contribution of Latin American and Latinx artists working at the same time and alongside their U.S. and European counterparts during this period, and will make a timely and critical contribution to a more complete understanding of this artistic period of Pop.

Joan Brown, People and Eye Trees in the Park in Madrid, 1961.

Joan Brown at the University of California, Irvine

First Glimpse: Introducing the Buck Collection

Joan Brown is included in an exhibition at the University Art Gallery at UCI. First Glimpse: Introducing the Buck Collection offers a preview of the Gerald Buck Collection, acquired by the University gallery in 2013, in anticipation of the construction of the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art.

 

Amer Kobaslija 'Vacant Bathroom' 2007

Amer Kobaslija at Lycoming College Art Gallery

Amer Kobaslija: Spirit of Place

Amer Kobaslija's solo exhibition Spirit of Place is on view at the Lycoming College Art Gallery. The show features small-scale, tightly executed oil paintings of Kobaslija's cluttered art studios from a bird’s eye view, along with recent landscapes inspired by travels to Florida, Japan and Switzerland. Painted in oil, the seemingly idyllic scenes are charged with turbulent histories. 

Robert Arneson, 'I'm Looking For You Whitey', 1989

Robert Arneson, Luis Cruz Azaceta and Enrique Chagoya at the San José Museum of Art

Rise Up! Social Justice In Art

The San José Museum of Art's exhibition Rise Up! Social Justice In Art From The Collection of J. Michael Bewley features works by Robert Arneson, Enrique Chagoya, Luis Cruz Azaceta, among others. The works included in this exhibition embody the value system of their collector. They explore issues that resonate with current political movements such as Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and the contemporary LGBTQ movement.

Diane Edison, Self Portrait with Glasses, 1997

Diane Edison at Virginia Wesleyan University

Portraits

An exhibition of drawings by Diane Edison is currently on view at the Neil Britton Art Gallery at Virginia Wesleyan University. Portraits surveys a group of eleven portrait drawings depicting Edison herself as well as friends, family, and fellow artists, dating from 1997-2015.

Installation view of Tomb II, Gregory Gillespie, 1998-99, mixed-media on wood construction, Collection of Peggy Gillespie.

Gregory Gillespie at the National Portrait Gallery

Tomb II, 1998-99

Gregory Gillespie's Tomb II from 1998-99 is on view at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. This installation, made from mixed media on wood panels, is one of many shrine-like self portrait constructions made by Gillespie. 

Robert Arneson, 'Head Wedge' 1988.

Robert Arneson at the American Museum of Ceramic Art

The Incongruous Body

Robert Arneson is included in The Incongruous Body, a group exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. The exhibition includes fourteen artists who represent, stylize, hybridize, and deconstruct the human body to starkly different comic effect. The work being exhibited invites the viewer to revel in the awkward, to embrace the weird and to scrutinize a little bit too closely themselves and the world of which we are all a part. 

Roy De Forest 'View of Lake Louise' 1979.

Roy De Forest at Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Gallery

A Time Before We Were Born: Visions of Arcadia In Contemporary Painting

Roy De Forest is included in A Time Before We Were Born: Visions of Arcadia In Contemporary Painting at Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Gallery. Taking its title from the 1983 Talking Heads song “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody),” this group exhibition surveys how painters have drawn inspiration from existing and invented mythologies to create interpretations of natural and fantastical paradises, illustrating a necessity for visual hope and harmony.

Enrique Chagoya, Illegal Alien's Guide to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, 2010.

Enrique Chagoya at the Nevada Museum of Art

Reimagining the New World

Enrique Chagoya currently has a solo exhibition Reimaging the New World of his prints and codices at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV. Chagoya often appropriates the visual tropes of Western modernism in his works, just as the masters of Modern art cannibalized so-called primitive forms without properly contextualizing them. His codices, based on the pre-Columbian format, illustrate an imagined world in which the European conquest of the New World failed and the normative culture of the Americas is based in indigenous ideology.

The Miles Brothers: still from A Trip Down Market Street, 1906; 12 mins.

Joan Brown, Elmer Bischoff, Enrique Chagoya and others at BAMPFA

Way Bay

The current exhibition, Way Bay, at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) puts together an exposition of diverse works of Bay Area art, film and poetry spanning 200 years of creativity. Works by Enrique Chagoya, Joan Brown, Elmer Bischoff and David Park are included in the exhibition, among many of their contemporaries. 

Enrique Chagoya. Aliens Sans Frontières, 2016.

Enrique Chagoya at the State University of New York at Fredonia

A brief survey of work by Enrique Chagoya, Aliens Sans Frontiéres is currently on view at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery of the State University of New York at Fredonia. The exhibition highlights Chagoya's approach towards upending Modernist principles, featuring a range of the artist's work. Included are a selection of paintings, the series of etchings Recurrent Goya, based on Goya's Caprichos, as well as examples of the Chagoya's Illegal Alien codexes, derived from Pre-Columbian books and featuring painted, drawn, and collaged images.

Installation view, Joan Brown, George Adams Gallery, New York, 2017.

Joan Brown reviewed in the Brooklyn Rail

Our exhibition of painting by Joan Brown is reviewed in the Brooklyn Rail. Writer David Carrier notes "Brown’s absolute mastery of the medium of painting" and identifies her minimalist tendacies as part of the tradition of modernist painting, which (quoting Baudelaire), “fills you with a pleasure which is absolutely divorced from its subject.”

Joan Brown, Wolf in Room, 1974.

Joan Brown a Critic's Pick in Artforum

Our current exhibition of paintings by Joan Brown has been featured as a Critic's Pick in Artforum. Reviewer Beau Rutland calls it a "concise and satisfying sampling of Brown's oeuvre."

Joan Brown, Model with Foot on Table, 1973.

Joan Brown at the Richmond Art Center

Joan Brown: In Living Color is on view from September 12 - November 11 at the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, California. The exhibition contains works on paper showcasing Brown's bold style that breaks the formalism in upholding narrative.

Amer Kobaslija, 'Fertile Valley' 2017

Amer Kobaslija at Galerie zur Matze in Switzerland

The Fear of the Unknown

Amer Kobaslija's upcoming solo exhibition The Fear of the Unknown opens September 16th at the Galerie zur Matze in Brig, Switzerland and will run through October 22nd. The show is a part of the 2017 Wallis Triennale, a national exhibition which focuses on Swiss art, as well as other European artists. Kobaslija was invited to represent Brig after his residency last year at AiR Brig.

Enrique Chagoya, The Governor’s Nightmare (detail), 1994, Acrylic and water based oil on Amate paper

Enrique Chagoya at the MAK Center

Enrique Chagoya's work will be featured in the upcoming exhibition How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney, at the Schindler House and the Luckman Fine Arts Complex from September 9, 2017, through January 14, 2018. The MAK Center presents at these two locations "an exhibition of over 150 works by 48 Latin American artists who investigate and challenge nearly one hundred years of cultural influence between Latin America and Disney. Spanning painting, photography, graphic work, drawing, sculpture, video, documents, and the critical responses generated, the joint exhibition explores the idea that there are no clean boundaries between art, culture, and geography, and deconstructs how such notions are formed and disputed."

Xuan Chen, Screens (Set 2) #8, 2014.

Xuan Chen reviewed in Hyperallergic

Our exhibition of paintings by Albuquerque-based artist, Xuan Chen, was reviewed by John Yau in Hyperallergic. Described as "definitely an exhibition to go see", Yau summarizes the work from Chen's 'Light Space Intimacy' series as: "[she] likens the viewer’s experience of her painted constructions to 'exploring a newly acquired digital device,' but they have much more staying power than that."

Peter Saul, 'Saigon' 1967.

Peter Saul at Schirn Kunsthalle

Now on view at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt through September 3rd is a major retrospective of the oevre of Peter Saul curated by Martina Weinhart. A catalogue has been published to accompany the exhibtion, including an interview with the artist and contributing essays from Martina Weinhart and Richard Schiff. The exhibition spans Saul's career from its origins in the '60s to the present day, and includes such pieces as Saigon (1967), The Government of California (1969), and Ronald Reagan in Grenada (1983).

Country Dog Gentlemen

Roy De Forest at the Oakland Museum of Art

Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest

The Oakland Museum of Art presents Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest now through August 20. Featuring 50 paintings and sculptures, this is Roy De Forest's first full career retrospective. The exhibition is accompanied by a major monograph by curator Susan Landauer, which can be found here. Said Landauer about De Forest, “His unconventional style of painting is so profound—he’s an extremely important figure in American art. The exhibition offers a great variety of his works, from the humorous and serious to the whimsical and wondrous.”

Peter Saul 'Gun Moll' 1961.

Peter Saul: from Pop to Politics reviewed in the LA Times

Peter Saul: Pop to Politics was reviewed in this weekend's LA Times, courtesy of Christopher Knight. His description of Saul's early paintings and drawings runs the gamut of art-historical references: "...Max Beckmann collides with jingoist all-American Thomas Hart Benton within an abstract structural armature of Willem de Kooning, all slathered with a cheeky overlay of Mad Magazine irreverence."

'Out Our Way' Publicity image, courtesy the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis, CA.

Out Our Way at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

For the innagural exhibition at the new Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, Out Our Way explores the development of the revolutionary UC Davis Department of Art, founded in 1958. The exhibition revives the “spirit of defiant provincialism” which, in merely 10 years, propelled the program to be recognized as one of the most courageous and wildly inventive communities of artists working in the world. 

 

Featuring the work of Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Roy De Forest, Roland Petersen, Manuel Neri, Ralph Johnson, Ruth Horsting, Daniel Shapiro, Tio Giambruni, Jane Garritson and John Baxter, Out Our Way is on view through March 26, 2017.

Joan Brown, 'Mary Julia y Manuel' 1976

'Over the Golden Gate: 1960-1990' at Tajan, Paris

As part of the Tajan ARTSTUDIO program, a series of special exhibitions held at L'Espace Tajan, Paris, is a special exhibition focusing on artists of the Bay Area, from 1960-1990. Including the work of Robert Arneson, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Roy De Forest, Peter Saul, Mark di Suvero, Wayne Thiebaud and William T Wiley, it is the first exhibition of its scope and focus to be presented in Paris. A catalog with essay by Hilarie Faberman has been published for the occasion.

Amer Kobaslija, 'South of the Border, West of the Sun,' 2013.

Amer Kobaslija at Ringling College of Art and Design

A Ten Year Survey

The Ringling College of Art and Design will be exhibiting a survey of paintings by Amer Kobaslija in the Willis Smith Galleries from January 15 to Feburary 20, 2016. A Ten Year Survey highlights the various subjects that have occupied artist Amer Kobaslija over the last decade, including views of Kesennuma, Japan where the tsunami came ashore in 2011, his personal studio, Bathus' studio, and landscapes of Switzerland and Florida.

Amer Kobaslija, 'Ruined House Near Kesennuma Port II,' 2013.

Amer Kobaslija reviewed in the Brooklyn Rail

Places, Spaces: A Survey of Paintings 2005-2015

Our survey exhibition of painting by Amer Kobaslija has been reviewed by Hovey Brock for the Brooklyn Rail. Brock writes: "The twenty-two paintings in this ten-year survey of Amer Kobaslija’s work at the George Adams Gallery varied widely in size. The two largest were well over six feet across, while the smallest measured three-and-a-half inches to a side. The subject matter fell roughly into two buckets: interiors with the flattened perspective of a fish-eye lens, and panoramic, often equally distorted views of desolate or ruined landscapes—Kobaslija’s “spaces” and “places.” For all these scenes, people were noticeably absent, as if they represented empty stages waiting for an entrance. In a few exceptions there was at most a solitary figure in the picture, usually with his or her back turned. Kobaslija’s virtuosic paint handling—the true dramatis personae—united this body of work. While the larger pieces had wonderful passages, the densely packed brushwork of the very smallest paintings was electrifying..."

Joan Brown, 'Year of the Tiger' 1983.

Nicole Rudick on Joan Brown for Hyperallergic

In memory of Joan Brown, 1938-1990

Recently featured in Hyperallergic is a long-form essay by Nicole Rudick discussing Joan Brown's life and legacy, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Brown's death. Rudick writes, "Brown died twenty-five years ago this month, leaving behind a substantial body of work, yet the trajectory of her art and art making, as well as her role in the Bay Area scene, is under-recognized. Solo exhibitions of her paintings are infrequent, and large-scale shows on the East Coast are unheard of. A small survey at George Adams Gallery in New York last spring, Joan Brown: Major Paintings from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, gave shape to Brown’s enthusiastic reception of Bischoff’s example, showing how she searched her immediate environment for things to paint."

Wednesday slide review has been suspended until further notice.

Elmer Bischoff, 'Figure with White Lake' 1964.

Elmer Bischoff reviewed in The New York Sun

Elmer Bischoff: Figurative Paintings

Our exhibition of figurative paintings by Elmer Bischoff has recently been reviewed by Simon Carr for The New York Sun. Carr notes, "This absorbing show is the first gallery exhibit in 25 years to focus exclusively on Bischoff’s figurative works. On leaving the gallery, for a moment, the world is changed, its colors and shapes seen through Bischoff's eyes."

Elmer Bischoff, 'Figure at Window with Boat' 1964

Elmer Bischoff reviewed in Hyperallergic

Elmer Bischoff: Figurative Paintings

Our exhibition of figurative paintings by Elmer Bischoff has been reviewed by John Yau for Hyperallergic. Yau writes, "The eleven paintings in the exhibition date from 1954 to 1972, covering all but the first two years that he worked figuratively. I found the experience paradoxical: happy to see paintings from different phases while simultaneously wishing that there could have been a larger selection in a more spacious setting. Bischoff may have gotten his due in San Francisco, but he certainly hasn’t gotten it in New York, and I hardly think of him as a regional painter."

Elmer Bischoff, 'Girl Getting a Haircut' 1962

Elmer Bischoff featured in The New Yorker

Goings on About Town

Our exhibition Elmer Bischoff: Figurative Paintings has been featured in the 'Goings on About Town' section of The New Yorker. The article reads: "Large, moody, startlingly strong paintings, made between 1953 and 1972, argue for greater recognition for the Bay Area peer of Richard Diebenkorn and David Park. Bischoff countered Abstract Expressionism (which he knew first hand, as a student of Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko) with a stubborn loyalty to figuration..."

Elmer Bischoff, From Montgomery Block, 1956-59.

Elmer Bischoff reviewed in The New York Times

Elmer Bischoff: Figurative Paintings

Our current exhibition of figurative painting by Elmer Bischoff has been reviewed in The New York Times by Ken Johnson. On Bischoff's work, Johnson notes "...While these landscapes may imply a retreat into archaic fantasy, in the context of the 1960s and early ’70s, they suggest something more urgent: a Whitmanesque search for the spirit of America."

Catalog cover, 'Amer Kobaslija' 2015

Announcing the publication of the new monograph on Amer Kobaslija

We are excited to anounce the publication of a new monograph on the life and work of Amer Kobaslija, the first of its kind. The monograph includes essays by Michael Amy, Edward M. Gomez and Patterson Sims, as well as an interview with the artist and 102 color plates.

Andrew Lenaghan, 'Pratt Main Building' 2015

Andrew Lenaghan awarded the Pratt Institute Distinguished Professor Award

Congratulations to Andrew Lenaghan, who has recently been awarded the Distinguished Professor Award at The Pratt Institute for the academic year of 2015-16. The award is decided by votes from the Institute's entire student body.

Enrique Chagoya, 'Return to Goya's Caprichos' 1999

Enrique Chagoya on Goya's Los Caprichos

The Artist Project by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Enrique Chagoya was recently interview by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 'The Artist Project.' In the interview, Chagoya discusses Goya's Los Caprichos, the meaning behind the suite of prints and how they relate to contemporary society. 

Joan Brown, 'Studio 15, Portrait of a Chair' 1958

Joan Brown reviewed in Rhino Horn Artists Blog

Two Great Figurative Expressionists on View

Our exhibition of paintings by Joan Brown has been reviewed by the Rhino Horn Artists Blog, in tandem with an exhibition of works by Leon Golub at the Serpentine galleries, London. 

 

"Two seminal Figurative Expressionists have concurrent exhibitions in two continents. An exhibition of many seminal large canvases by Leon Golub entitled Bite Your Tongue is currently at Serpentine Galleries in London, and Joan Brown’s Selected Major Paintings and Sculptures 1957-1975 is up at George Adams Gallery in New York City..."

Joan Brown, 'Self-Portrait with Fish and Cat' 1970

Joan Brown reviewed in the The Wall Street Journal

Joan Brown: Major Paintings From the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s

Our current exhibition of paintings by Joan Brown has been reviewed by Peter Plagens for The Wall Street Journal. Plagens notes, "Joan Brown (1938-1990) was a prodigy in the “Bay Area Figurative style,” and “Portrait of a Chair” (1958), which serves as a kind of frontispiece to this exhibition, is a stunning example of someone mastering scale, composition, color and hell-for-leather brushwork at the tender age of 19..."

Amer Kobaslija, 'Kesennuma Port, March 18,' 2011

Amer Kobaslija and Kako Ueda at the Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design

Objects to be Contemplated

Amer Kobaslija and Kako Ueda are included in Objects to be Contemplated at the Selby Gallery at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. The exhibition focuses on the notion that the average art viewer spends 27 secounds looking at a work of art, highlighting artworks which encourage viewers to spend more time with it. 

Kako Ueda, 'One-Horn, Two-Horn,' 2012-13.

Kako Ueda awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

Congratulations to Kako Ueda, who has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for the 2013-14 cycle. Ueda has received the award in the Crafts & Sculpture category for her work using cut paper and collage.
 

Jack Beal, Sondra with Table #2, 1970.

Jack Beal reviewed in The New York Observer

Hard-Edge Paintings: 1968-1972

Our exhibition of hard-edge paintings by Jack Beal has been reviewed by Alanna Martinez for The New York Observer. In the review, Martinez points out that "Between 1968 and 1972 the New York Realist painter—known for his nude studies and the public murals he produced for the U.S. Department of Labor building—departed from his thick-brushed signature strokes to paint in blinding neon, flat foregrounds, and sharp geometric compositions."

Joan Brown, 'Getting Ready for the Bath' 1961

Joan Brown at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

XL: Large-Scale Paintings From the Permanent Collection

Joan Brown is included in XL: Large-Scale Paintings From the Permanent Collection at the Frances Leman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. The show consists of large-scale paintings - those that measure over 6 feet - which because of their size are rarely exhibited. The show was continues in the vein of the now-iconic 1947 MoMA exhibition Large-Scale Modern Painting.