Current Exhibitions

May 10, 2014 to July 27, 2014

Over a period of fifty years, William T. Wiley has distinguished himself as an artist whose extensive body of work has consistently defied mainstream contemporary art. Through the years, the subtle power of Wiley’s unique voice has been widely recognized with his inclusion in the Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Documenta V and the Carnegie International.  His first solo exhibition was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1960. In 1979 the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis presented a retrospective in celebration of the museum’s opening. Thirty years later, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum honored him with another wide-ranging retrospective. As co-curator Joann Moser wrote, “This exhibition affirms his significance as an artist of national stature whose accomplishment resonates well beyond the region in which he has chosen to live and time period when he first achieved recognition.”

In spite of his international recognition, Wiley’s activist political and social spirit and his early, prescient commitments to the environment render him an essentially Bay Area California artist. He creates innovative, highly personal works of art in many media that combine a sense of irony with commanding craftsmanship. Painting for Wiley is intertwined with language. Word and image seduce the viewer to experience the unexpected.  Elizabeth Broun, Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum writes, “Wiley is our guide to our confounding world, with a body of work that is astonishing, engaging and comforting, too. With visionaries like this in our midst, there is hope.”

Curators: Peter Selz, Professor Emeritus of Modern Art at UC Berkeley and collector and artist, Sue Kubly

Upcoming Exhibitions

August 8 to October 26, 2014

What is a "realistic" picture?  When does a painting seem deeply resonant of the real world, one that taps into our sense of lived reality?  These questions, which artists have long grappled with, continue to drive the explorations of many painters today. Realism, really? presents a selection of California artists who focus on diverse aspects of realism in their work: Chester Arnold, Guy Diehl, F. Scott Hess, Marina Moevs, Douglas Fenn Wilson, and Jeong Im Yi.  Guest curated by Jennifer Bethke, the exhibition explores the expansive boundaries of realism today, through this collection of powerful contemporary painters.

November 8 to January 25, 2015

Eleanor Coppola is a conceptual artist, documentary filmmaker, and writer based in Napa. Her artworks and collaborative installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S. and Europe, including recent museum exhibitions in Oslo and Stockholm. She was an active participant in the Bay Area conceptual art movement of the 1970s, exhibiting and staging events at venues that included the San Francisco Art Institute, the Dante Hotel in North Beach, and other spaces. She has collaborated on installation works with fellow artists Lynn Hershman, Robbilee Frederick, Richard Beggs, and others. Eleanor Coppola’s sensibility and sensitivity to phenomena of the natural world is seen in her drawings, watercolors, photography, and sculptures that respond to and incorporate elements from her surroundings. As a documentary filmmaker, she is best known for her film “Hearts of Darkness,” which chronicled the making of her husband Francis Coppola’s film “Apocalypse Now.” This exhibition is co-curated by Kate Eilertsen and Diane Roby.

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