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San Jose Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Color and Space
110 South Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113

February 16th, 2008 - July 6th, 2008
Sweet Lou, Fred SprattFred Spratt, Sweet Lou,
1974, acrylic lacquer on aluminum, Two panels, each 54 x 45"
© courtesy of the Artist and SJMA
Peninsula/South Bay
Tue-Sun 11-5; Closed Monday, and all Monday holidays

Fred Spratt's paintings are studies of intensity, flatness, saturation, and hue. His largely monochromatic square and rectangular works respond to Minimalism, an extreme form of non-representational art that emerged in the late 1960s. Using colors ranging from vibrant orange to muted grey, Spratt investigates the properties of his materials demonstrating the endless invention possible with limited means. Viewed as a whole, his paintings create a scintillating interaction of color and space.

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1927, Spratt launched his career as a member of San Jose State University's Art Department faculty in 1956, where he served as Professor of Art, Department Chairman, and Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and the Arts. In 1993, he opened the Frederick Spratt Gallery on South First Street, a venue that served as a cultural touchstone for more than a decade.

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