san-francisco

San Francisco

During September the San Francisco Museum of Art featured a one man show of graphics by Sam Francis together with the final round of its program of rotating multiple solo shows devoted mainly to young Bay Area artists and entitled Arts of San Francisco.

While the Sam Francis was indeed extensive and comprehensively retrospective of the past 17 years of the artist’s graphic output (120 works in various media: acrylic on paper, egg tempera on paper, watercolor, gouache, drawing) and had been advantageously exploited in the museum’s advance publicity as a signal event, it was accorded curiously offhand treatment in the actual mounting, having been presented without catalog and relegated to a small foyer and the three rectangularly connected, unevenly illuminated corridors usually given over to small secondary exhibitions. In any case, the use of these narrow thoroughfares as exhibition areas

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