“Between Sound & Space: The Paintings of Leo Valledor”
Presented to coincide with two museum shows:
At the de Young, San Francisco, California - Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970, October 25,2008-January 18,2009
At the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas-
Reimagining Space: The Park Place Gallery Group in 1960s New York
September 28, 2008-January 18,2009
Togonon gallery is proud to present “Between Sound & Space: The Paintings of Leo Valledor (1936-1989) coinciding with exhibitions at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. The Togonon Gallery exhibition will run from October 4- November 8, 2008 with an opening reception on Saturday, October 4, 2008, from 3-6 p.m. Gallery Director, Julina Togonon states: “Both museums and gallery exhibitions highlight Valledor’s avant-garde achievements in his art making that so far has not been recognized widely.” The Togonon Gallery exhibition will showcase examples of Valledor’s early calligraphic works on paper from the late 1950’s, and small to large shaped and multi-paneled paintings from the 1960s to 1980s.” According to art historian and curator Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Valledor was strongly influenced by his deep love of music, particularly jazz and reported conceptualizing his paintings based on “harmonic vibrations” and “spatial illusions.”
Valledor adapted minimalism very early on in San Francisco when the local San Francisco art scene was still steeped in Abstract Expressionism during the mid 1950s. He was invited to join the Six Gallery in 1954 and exhibited there and at the Dilexi gallery in 1959. Moving to New York in the 1960’s he continued to create his abstract work and was at the vortex of art activities as a founding member of the Park Place Group exhibiting with Sol LeWitt, Robert Smithson, Mark diSuvero, Robert Grosvenor and Peter Forakis, among others. Returning to San Francisco in 1968, Valledor started his East-West series, which were featured in solo, shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1971) and at the de Young Museum (1974) and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (1976). Valledor was identified as part of a group of influential artists in Henry Hopkins (former SFMOMA director) book 50 West Coast Artists. Leo Valledor’s art most recently became part of the National Gallery collection. He is also in the collections of the San Francisco de Young, Oakland Museum, Seattle Museum, Philadelphia Fine Art Museum, Allentown Museum, Yale Museum, and the Crocker Museum. In 2008, the Judith Rothschild Foundation awarded the Valledor estate a grant to further document Leo Valledor’s work.