San Francisco

“Bay Area Art”

First Savings and Loan Association

This exhibit differs from the usually dismal character of group shows chosen at random to open new banks, shopping centers or other private commercial establishments. In selecting as its principal juror, Mr. Dennis Beal, curator of prints of the Achenbach Foundation, the First Savings & Loan Association displayed great artistic acumen. Mr. Beal has hung the exhibit in a thoroughly professional manner and each and every artist chosen by Mr. Beal is very definitely a professionally committed member of the Bay Area art community.

Mr. Beal has selected 39 painters and sculptors to represent the Bay Area art mood, yet at the same time, from the look of the exhibit, tried to present a package illustrating the vitality of the established senior avant-garde, interlarded with a few of its junior members. The show was organized without what might be called “a theme”; yet, the implicit theme seems to be a sort of who is who in advanced Bay Area painting and sculpture, at least, from Mr. Beal’s viewpoint.

James Monte