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.
The exhibition 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. In the catalog, Tara McDowell notes that the drawings from these sessions “…taken as a group, [begin] to reveal spatial relations that are also social relations. They are evidentiary, forensic, clues to a social ecology that was fluid and private, but nonetheless left real traces behind.”
David Park and His Circle is view at SFMoMA through January 18, 2021. More information here.