On KCRW's "ArtTalk" Hunter Drohojowska-Philp mentions "Sam Francis Fifty Years" as a high point among this year's art exhibitions.
THU DEC 19, 2013
Ultimately, PMCA’s exhibition offers much more than can be summarized in a decade-by-decade synopsis of the artist’s formal excursions and influences. Although the exhibition lacks any of the monumentally scaled paintings that have the ability to truly envelop the viewer, it offers a journey through the full arc of the artist’s career. Taken altogether, the exhibition finds clarity through Francis’s relatively fixed palette, dominated by cerulean blues and primary colors— a visual cohesion that unites his seemingly inexhaustible manipulations of this motif.
In September 2011 Sotheby’s launched S2, a Richard Gluckman–designed gallery space in the company’s York Avenue headquarters. Devoted to independently curated selling shows, S2 has called upon Debra Burchett-Lere, director of the Sam Francis Foundation; the private dealer Josh Baer; and, in a concerted effort to draw a younger crowd, the ultrahip independent curator Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld.You can read more about the exhibition, "Sam Francis: The Exploration of Color, A Selling Exhibition." on the Sotheby's website.