San Francisco

Umberto Foppiani

Pantechnicon

Foppiani is perhaps one of the best known and most collected of the post-war generation of Italian painters. His work is found in many local collections, the most notable being the Zellerbach, displayed recently at the San Francisco Museum. Foppiani’s productions are like super-sumptuous Klee with a smidge of Victor Brauner flung in. Somewhere, along with these influences; spectres of ritual Greek and Etruscan beasties become incorporated onto his painting surfaces. The extrinsic quality of Foppiani’s oeuvre is the most interesting aspect of his work. A flat fresco-like treatment of figures, animals, tables, pots and other matter is combined with an incredibly intricate structure of minute textural effects.

James Monte