San Francisco

Norman Stiegelmeyer

San Francisco Art Institute

The numerous large canvases by Norman Stiegelmeyer recently exhibited at the San Francisco Art Institute, while unquestionably impressive by reason of the ambitious muralesque scale of their refined elaboration of extravagantly colorful and ornate fantasmagoric designs, failed lamentably to fulfill the promise of the simple, powerful drawing which the artist executed for the exhibition’s announcement poster, and in general, disappointed expectations engendered by his small-format graphic work seen in previous years at the Institute’s annual drawing shows. This earlier graphic work by Stiegelmeyer was usually interestingly innovative within a coherently homogeneous style, bearing the stamp of a strongly individual approach to exploring those new techniques of graphic art which are not a matter of novel media, but of the extended frontiers of visual perception-stimulation made available

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