Indelible Fables

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Catedral vegetal (Vegetal Cathedral), 1957 Oil On Canvas 29 1/2 X 17 3/4 In. © Courtesy of Frey Norris Gallery
Indelible Fables

161 Jessie Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
January 7th, 2012 - February 25th, 2012
Opening: January 19th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(415) 346-7812
Tue-Sat 11-6
objects, ephemera


The first exhibition of Remedios Varo to ever take place in the western United States, Indelible Fables illuminates the ever-imaginative and prescient world of this surrealist artist. Spanish born Varo certainly died prematurely, by heart-attack in 1963, but in a short career she had acquired a cult-like following among friends in Mexico City, her adopted home. Many of these friends were involved in an informal investigation into esoteric religion and the teachings of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff and his student Peter Ouspensky. As part of this soteriological pursuit, with close friend, the celebrated English artist Leonora Carrington, Varo created some of the most inventive painted scenarios of any of the artists associated with surrealism. Varo would remain something of a marginalized, but popular figure in Latin American art right through the 1990's, when a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC elevated global awareness of her work and in part catalyzed an ever accelerating level of scholarship and market demand. In 2008, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City hosted a comprehensive retrospective exhibition, timed to coincide with an international symposium, with papers delivered by scholars from throughout Latin America, the United States and Europe. A monograph, "The Five Keys to the Secret World of Remedios Varo", was published at this time, with essays by six contributing authors. The Frey Norris exhibition will include a variety of rare oil paintings, drawings, objects and ephemera.

Nearly eight years in the making, Frey Norris proudly presents Remedios Varo: Indelible Fables. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo show in a gallery since 1962, the year preceding her death. The exhibition will include fifteen works, including oil paintings, drawings, objects and ephemera.Indelible Fables is currently open to the public. Indelible Fables opening night reception is January 19 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Frey Norris.

On January 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Frey Norris will be hosting a Remedios Varo Round Table Discussion at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, 2nd floor Conference Room, San Francisco. Participants will include Teresa Arcq, independent scholar and adjunct curator for the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Terri Geis, Curator of Academic Programs at the Pomona College Museum of Art, and recent visiting curator at LACMA; Edward Madrid Gómez, former writer and correspondent on the staff of TIME magazine in the U.S. and overseas, he also has written for the New York Times, S.F.Gate/San Francisco Chronicle, ARTnews, Art in America, Art & Antiques, Art + Auction; and Julie Heffernan, artist and Associate Professor at Montclair State University. The Moderator is Jeanne Carstensen, Executive Managing Editor of The Bay Citizen and contributor to the New York Times.

A 60-page catalogue is available with an introduction by Wendi Norris and Raman Frey and an essay by Terri Geis, curator of academic programs at the Pomona College Museum of Art. Terri previously served as a researcher at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she worked on the exhibition In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States (2012).