May 31, 2019
Dilexi Gallery: The Early Years

Works by: John Altoon, Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Jay DeFeo
Roy De Forest, Sonia Gechtoff, Wally Hedrick, James Kelly
Robert Morris, Ed Moses, Manuel Neri, Leo Valledor

Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco
June 8 - July 27, 2019

Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of Dilexi Gallery: The Early Years, an exhibition celebrating the beginning years of this historic San Francisco gallery, on Saturday, June 8, from 6-8pm, with a gallery talk by Dilexi co-founder Jim Newman at 6:30pm. On view will be paintings, sculptures, and constructions by important Bay Area and Southern California artists, including John Altoon, Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Jay DeFeo, Roy De Forest, Sonia Gechtoff, Wally Hedrick, James Kelly, Robert Morris, Ed Moses, Manuel Neri, and Leo Valledor, that highlight the groundbreaking exhibitions held at the gallery during its 12-year run from 1958-1969. The exhibition will be on view through July 27, 2019.

Founded in 1958 by Jim Newman and Bob Alexander (who left after the first year) in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, Dilexi Gallery played a critical role in the development of San Francisco’s, emerging post-war art scene. By creating a venue with a more professional look than the earlier artist-run cooperative galleries that came before it, Dilexi was able to exhibit the best of both established and underground local talent, as well as artists like Ed Moses and John Altoon from Southern California. Within a few months of opening, Dilexi shows were regularly reviewed in the San Francisco newspapers, and soon grew to a national reputation through regular coverage by then San Francisco based, Artforum. The impact on the careers of many of the artists who showed at Dilexi was immediate and lasting, elevating many of them to the national reputations that they enjoy today.

The works presented in Dilexi Gallery: The Early Years will focus on artists and significant works that were exhibited at the gallery in the early years of 1958-1963. Included will be rare 1950s paintings by Ed Moses, Wally Hedrick, and Manuel Neri. Other significant works in the exhibition include an early plaster sculpture by Neri, constructions by Roy De Forest, a Verifax collage by Wallace Berman, a drawing by Sonia Gechtoff, and paintings by Joan Brown, John Altoon, James Kelly, and Leo Valledor. Of special note are an early, large-scale abstract expressionist painting by renowned minimal and conceptual artist Robert Morris, who showed at Dilexi in 1958 and 1959, and Landscape with Figure, an important 1955 painting by Jay DeFeo that was exhibited at Dilexi.

Dilexi Gallery: The Early Years has been organized in collaboration with Laura Whitcomb and Label Curatorial, Los Angeles. It is the inaugural exhibition of The Dilexi Multi-Venue Retrospective, an exhibition series taking place this summer in San Francisco and Los Angeles focused on the artists and exhibitions of Dilexi Gallery. Other exhibition venues include Crown Point Press, San Francisco, and Parker Gallery, Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, The Landing, and Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles.

Ed Moses, Rafe Bone, 1958, oil on canvas, 73 x 65 1/4 inches, Copyright © Ed Moses Estate

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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