san-francisco

San Francisco

Various Venues, San Francisco

Apparently the Berkeley Gallery can’t miss; the first two shows in their new San Francisco location were first-rate. Boyd Allen’s figure and landscape paintings inaugurated the new site and William King’s naugahyde sculptures followed, both setting a high standard. The third exhibit, Tio Giambruni’s new sculpture, not only maintained the high level but was positively awe-inspiring in its magnitude, scale, craftsmanship and ambition. Before discussing the new works it would be worthwhile to look to the work Giambruni was doing in the 1955 to 1959 period. At that time Giambruni, along with other Bay Region sculptors, such as Robert Howard and Harry Crotty, was involved in the use of magnesite as a sculptural medium. The material at that time seemed to solve, for a whole group of artists, the problem of extending the scope of the linear welding tradition into a more sculptural, i.e., more

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