Archive for March, 2008

RECALLING THE MOMENTIOUS SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES

Posted by erin on March 22nd, 2008

Fred Spratt: Color and Space at the San Jose Museum of Art
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

Fred Spratt came to the West Coast and brought a big vision with him. He taught his students to think and dream big, and impacted his teaching colleagues and San Jose State University, as well. He inspired me as a student and I later had the opportunity to exhibit some of his paintings from the seventies, when I was the Director of the Euphrat Gallery at De Anza College. He loved hanging around with artists and celebrating the arts.

With a major commitment to his own work and an ambitious professionalism, Spratt moved for a while in the seventies to Los Angeles and commuted to his teaching life in San Jose. There, he cultivated the art world of Los Angeles, and executed some major works in his studio in an old Vic Tanney gym. After retirement, he opened Frederick Spratt Contemporary Art on South First Street in San Jose, and contributed another dynamic to the struggling visual arts scene in San Jose. He gave exhibition opportunities to artists in a community where there were little or no other places for solo shows. He sold art. He brought major arts stars like Ed Moses, Milton Resnick and Robert Graham to the San Jose scene.

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San Jose art patrons and long-time friends, Rose and Norman greet Frederick Spratt at the opening of Fred Spratt; Color and Space

Even through the many years where he devoted himself to serving the art community, in his heart Fred Spratt never ceased being an artist himself. Spratt’s work from that recent tumultious period of art history, when we passed from one major epoch to another, now on display at the San Jose Museum of Art, is both a significant document of art history and an homage to a major figure of the Silicon Valley art community. (more…)

ART PARTY PAR EXCELENCE

Posted by erin on March 9th, 2008

Anne and Mark’s Art Party to remember!
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

If you were among the few art lovers who did not attend the March 2 art party on South 16th Street, here are a few of the highlights: In not one large house, but two, every available space was used to hang 2-D art or display sculpture. Even the streets became part of the gallery, with art cars adorning the passage between the houses. In one backyard setting, art trailers with a “love nest” theme, red satin cushions, fur, twinkle lights and glitter prevailed. Hundreds of people (it appeared) mingled and enjoyed the art, drink and food. Canapes served on trays! Outdoor bars and barbques! Everything was plentiful!

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Ben Hunt donated his talents as a bartender and the works of Gianfranco Paolozzi, including Journal on Wood were seen behind the bar.

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FROM THE SIXTIES TO ’96

Posted by erin on March 2nd, 2008

“Eye on the Sixties” at the de Saisset Museum
and “New York Artists” at Michael Rosenthal Gallery
by Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, February, 2008

The beginnings of postmodernism and the flurry of artistic daring and inspiration in diverse media that characterized the sixties through the nineties are featured in two current exhibitions worth seeing. At Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum, “Eye on the Sixties: Vision, Body and Soul” is a selection of work from the notable California collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson. The de Saisset shows the Anderson Collection with an exhibition of works from their own collection, distinguished by important West Coast works from the same period. At the Michael Rosenthal Gallery in Redwood City, in “New York Artists” we see many of these same big name art stars that have made postmodernist history represented in a selection of prints from 1996. This timely exhibition also was executed in a presidential election year.

The simultaneity of these two exhibitions is, for me, nostalgic. As an art student in the sixties, I was liberated from my conservative roots, first, by coming to San Francisco, and second, by discovering a fit for my eclectic style in the new possibilities within printmaking and postmodernism. More than thirty years later, this is an exciting convergence of core material that I recommend to my own students in order to see and understand what the rebellion against Modernism was all about.

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Roy Lichtenstein’s Oval Office, 1996

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