October 29, 2014 - March 1 2015

Collection in Focus: Viola Frey

Gatehouse Gallery
Viola Frey, Studio View - One Man Splitting (detail), 1983. Alkyd oil on canvas, 72 x 96 in. di Rosa collection, Napa. © Artists' Legacy Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Viola Frey, Studio View – One Man Splitting (detail), 1983. Alkyd oil on canvas, 72 x 96 in. di Rosa collection, Napa. © Artists’ Legacy Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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 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.

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Collection in Focus is an ongoing series of exhibitions that highlight important and often understudied objects from di Rosa’s permanent collection that would otherwise remain in storage.