February 7 to April 26 2015

Richard T. Walker: the fallibility of intent

video 2 left screen 4 -webdi Rosa presents the first Bay Area institutional solo exhibition by British-born, San Francisco-based artist Richard T. Walker and the inauguration of a new artist residency partnership with Stags’ Leap Winery. Lending an outsider perspective to the limitless bounds of the American West, Walker explores the complex intersections of language, music, and the human condition amidst the backdrop of the natural environment. Informed by a range of influences—from the romantic sublime to early on-the-run road films—Walker shares his investigations within the panoramic landscape through photography, video, performance, music, and sculptural installation. The exhibition builds on Walker’s ongoing quest for a transcendent means of communication with his natural surroundings, when words alone are not enough. read more

Image: Richard T. Walker, the predicament of always (as we are), 2014. Film still from 2-channel HD video projection.
Courtesy of the artist and Carroll / Fletcher, London.

October 29 2014 to March 1 2015

Collection in Focus: Viola Frey

Frey_StudioViewOneManSplitting-web2Bay Area artist Viola Frey (1933-2004) is perhaps best known for her larger than life figurative ceramic sculptures, many of which can be seen scattered throughout the di Rosa landscape. This exhibition focuses on lesser known aspects of Frey’s oeuvre through a selection of di Rosa’s impressive holdings of the artist’s works on paper and canvas. Dating from the 1980s, these works reflect scenes from the artist’s studio packed with portrayals of power and Frey’s own reactions to the frustrations brought on by the frenetic pace of contemporary society. read more

Image: Viola Frey, Studio View – One Man Splitting (detail), 1983. Alkyd oil on canvas, 72 x 96 in. di Rosa collection, Napa.


Selections From the di Rosa Collection

Work from 1957 to the present in all media by Bay Area artists including William Allan, Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Connor, Imogen Cunningham, Jay DeFeo, Roy De Forest, Wally Hedrick, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, David Ireland, Mike Henderson, Mildred Howard, Robert Hudson, Jim Melchert, Bruce Nauman, David Park, Alan Rath, Raymond Saunders, Larry Sultan, William Wiley, and others.