Diverse Impressions: Bay Area Abstraction
The greater Bay Area has a rich and distinguished history in the development of an innovative vision and interpretation of prior abstraction movements in art, and to the later development of related directions such as the Bay Area Figurative School, west coast abstract expressionism, and other schools of non-representational art.
Since the art-altering era of post World War II and its aftermath, the Bay Area has gained increasing recognition for its significant contributions to the national and international dialogues of contemporary art. This has become especially pronounced in latter years through the works of individual artists who helped to define this region's unique voice. Supported by the presence of important art schools such as the Art Institute, and universities with outstanding art education programs such as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Stanford and others, the ideas associated with west coast abstraction became associated with this region.