Bay 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 a lesser known aspect 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.
Image: Viola Frey, Studio View – One Man Splitting, 1983. Alkyd oil on canvas, 72 x 96 in. di Rosa collection, Napa.
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.