Timeless Geometry: The Art of Peter Forakis (works from 1960-2008)

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Arkimedes Cube, 1980 Steel, Powder Coated 30" X 30" X30" © Togonon Gallery
Timeless Geometry: The Art of Peter Forakis (works from 1960-2008)
Curated by: Julina Togonon

77 Geary St.
Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
October 4th, 2008 - November 8th, 2008
Opening: October 4th, 2008 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tue-Sat 11-5:30 (til 7:30 pm first Thursday of Month)
DeYoung Museum
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
gallery, Plage, park, Ginniver, Charles, diSuvero, Mark, edge, hard, abstraction, sculpture
Free•RSVP to for Reception Oct. 4
This event is appropriate for children
This event is invitation only


Togonon Gallery is proud to present “Timeless Geometry: The Art of Peter Forakis (works from 1960-2008)” coinciding with the exhibition “Reimagining Space: The Park Place Gallery Group in 1960s New York” at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. The Togonon Gallery exhibition will run from October 4 to November 8, 2008 with an opening reception on Saturday, October 4, from 3-6 p.m. Gallery Director, Julina Togonon comments: “Both the museum and the gallery exhibitions will spotlight the five decades of Forakis’ prolific avant-garde art making career.”

The Togonon Gallery show will include an impressive selection of small and medium-scale sculptures and a video of Forakis’ major works installed in various parts of the U.S. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with introductions by Mark diSuvero and Chuck Ginnever and an essay by arts writer D. Scott Atkinson.

A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (1957), Peter Forakis began producing painting and sculpture in the 1950’s. He was an early member of the legendary Six Gallery in San Francisco, and participated in three annual exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Art. He moved to New York in 1958 where he became a member of the Park Place Group. Forakis was part of several landmark sculpture exhibitions including the Jewish Museum’s (New York) 1966 Primary Structures, (which established the beginnings of what would be later defined as “Minimalism”), the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts 1967 American Sculpture of the Sixties and the 1978 Sculpture Now, Inc. show in New York.

In 1964, Forakis stopped painting to concentrate on sculpture made of steel, aluminum and copper. Geometry is the quality that has unified all of Forakis’ work from that time until today. Best known is his Atlanta Gateway, which was the longest and tallest metal sculpture made during the late 1960s. He also originated the “slot series” where gravity holds the individual metal pieces in place without the use of welds or bolts. Forakis has taught at prestigious schools including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Cooper Union, New York, School of the Visual Arts, Windham College and the University of Berkeley. He lives and works in Petaluma, California.

Mr. Forakis’ work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Stamford Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, the Oakland Museum, the University of Kentucky Art Museum, the Fort Wayne Museum, the University of Houston Art Museum and Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.

Togonon Gallery is a dynamic exhibition space where both artists and the public discover the distinctive qualities inherent in West Coast art. Our passion is to present exhibitions that ignite the discourse on contemporary life and will engage and expand the audience for art.

Location: 77 Geary Street, Second Floor, and San Francisco, CA
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