Beyond Tradition: Art Legacies at the RAC

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Way of Life, 2003 Oil On Canvas 72" X 60" © Courtesy Haines Gallery/SF
Beyond Tradition: Art Legacies at the RAC
Curated by: Anthony Pinata

2540 Barrett Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804
March 29th, 2011 - June 10th, 2011
Opening: April 23rd, 2011 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

East Bay
(510) 620-6772
Tue-Sat 11-5pm


The Richmond Art Center is celebrating 75 years as a dynamic and evolving arts organization. We are proud to mark this historical occasion with Beyond Tradition: Art Legacies at the Richmond Art Center.Founded in 1936, one year after San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Richmond Art Center has long established itself as a premier education and exhibition venue. The history of the art center has consistently exemplified the diversity and strength of Bay Area artists. The art center quickly became known and respected as a place to boldly present the latest developments in contemporary art.

The early years of the center experienced an exceptional number of solo, group, conceptual and juried exhibitions, which included many artists who have gone on to great renown. This exhibit features work by more than 30 artists who either exhibited, worked, or taught at the center from the 1940s to the 1980s. 

"Since I began working at the Richmond Art Center," Beyond Traditionscurator, Anthony Pinata states "I have stumbled upon countless historical artifacts left behind by people who, at some point, gave a part of themselves to this institution. I particularly recall reading through the Juried Annuals of the 1950's and experiencing awe at the fact that so many artists like Richard Diebenkorn frequented the Richmond Art Center. Each encounter with these fragments was an unexpected surprise that quickly became part of a personal quest to uncover the full history of the art center."

Pinata continues "…it would be hard to repeat the synergism that took place in these early years. In Beyond Tradition you will find a window to our inheritance, left behind by all who contributed to and transformed the art center."

There will be approximately 60 works on display by the following artists: Robert Arneson, Ruth Asawa, Betty J. Bailey, Clayton Bailey, Bruce Beasley, Robert Bechtle, Adelie Landis Bischoff, Elmer Bischoff, Madeline Cortese-Williams, Jay DeFeo, Roy De Forest, Richard Diebenkorn, Bella Feldman, John Haley, Wally Hedrick, Mike Henderson, Tom Holland, Robert Hudson, Ernie Kim, Phil Linhares, Tom Marioni, Fred Martin, Jim Melchert, Art Nelson, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira, Clayton Pinkerton, David Simpson, Joseph Slusky, Mel Strawn, Marty Streich, John Toki, Peter Voulkos, Gerald Walburg, William Wareham, William T. Wiley.

The Richmond Art Center is grateful to the participating artists who have loaned their artwork as well as the following lenders:
Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, Gallery Paule Anglim, Ray and Betty Ann Barnett, Jay DeFeo Trust, Estate of Richard Diebenkorn, Gene Erickson and Roger Smith, Brian Gross Fine Art, Hackett | Mill, Haines Gallery, Don and Betty Hardison, Wally Hedrick Estate, Mavis Jukes, Gordon Onslow Ford Collection - Courtesy of Lucid Art Foundation, Alan Osbourne, Crown Point Press, Barbara Rogers, Sandra Shannonhouse, Joseph Slusky and Katie Hawkinson, Arlene Streich, E. Toki Oakley, Amador Whitney Museum

Special Preview Opening: March 26th as part of RAC's 75th Anniversary Gala

Beyond Tradition Panel Discussions: May 7th
1 - 2:30 pm Phil Linhares, Tom Marioni, Michael Schwager
3 - 4:30 pm Bruce Beasley, Joseph Slusky, William Wareham, Carl Worth