san-francisco

“Arts of San Francisco”

Various Venues

Reviving the practice of its excellent “Arts of San Francisco” program of over two years ago, the San Francisco Museum of Art inaugurated its 1970 exhibition calendar with three concurrent one-man shows by Bay Area artists, in this instance, Jerry Ballaine, Fletcher Benton and Sam Richardson. Installed as the Museum’s feature presentation for the month of January this triad of exhibitions occupied three large galleries and comprised an in-depth survey of recent trends in the work of these artists.

Mr. Ballaine was represented by 20 vacuum-formed-plastic wall plaque reliefs from his 1969 Air Tight series. While the plastic shell plaque format has engaged Ballaine for some time this recent work propounds the simplest unit shapes he has yet devised. In form these square pillow-like shapes, often “quilted” by a lateral indentation into two or more transverse pods, tend to resemble segments of

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