Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Sam Francis!

Sam Francis was born on June 25th, 1923: he would have been 89 today. 

Francis with his son Osamu in Venice studio, California. (Photo by Douglas Shields.)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sam Francis: "My happiness is a curved line..."

Sam Francis, "Untitled," 1988-89, 72 x 120 inches, acrylic on canvas
Collection: Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

From a statement written by Francis to accompany the display of "Untitled" in the exhibition “Theme Hiroshima,” 3 May–20 August 1989:

"My happiness is a curved line, a circle and the straight line of the sun"

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Galleria Agnellini Arte Moderna Brescia, Italy Sam Francis 23 April - 14 July 2012

Brescia, Italy
Sam Francis

23 April - 14 July 2012

Sam Francis on Painting, 1957

"What we want to make is something that fills utterly the sight, and can't be used to make life only bearable; if the painting till now was a way of making bearable the sight of the unbearable, the visual sumptuous, then let's now strip away... all that." 

- Sam Francis in a letter to MOMA curator Dorothy Miller in 1957

 Sam Francis installing his 1957 show at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York. 
 Photo courtesy Martha Jackson Gallery Archives:
University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery, State University of New York at Buffalo

The above quote and photo are from: 

The Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sam Francis "Berlin Red" at the Martin-Gropius-Bau

Sam Francis’s monumental 24-by-36-foot painting Berlin Red, which was painted in Los Angeles as a commission for the Neue Nationalgalerie in 1968-70, was recently on display at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, as part of "Pacific Standard Time." During the exhibition, Sam Francis Foundation Director Debra Burchett-Lere was able to view the work and admire its scale and presence.

Above: Debra Burchett-Lere viewing Sam Francis, Berlin Red installed for "Pacific Standard Time" at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2012. 

A visitor walks by Berlin Red: Photo Markus Schreiber

Have a look in inside The Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings: