'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 installation views at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, October 4, 2020-January 18, 2021; photos: Katherine Du Tiel / Jason Wittig.

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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.

 

Read reviews of the exhibition in SF Weekly and the Marina Times.