Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sam Francis in "Water Works" in Ojai

The exhibition "Water Works" includes works on paper by Sam Francis

The catalog was produced with assistance from the Sam Francis Foundation

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Shingo Francis will be participating in ROCKAWAY!

Shingo Francis will be participating in: 
In collaboration with the Honolulu Biannual 
June 29th - September 1st, 2014 

curated by Koan Jeff Baysa+Klaus Biesenbach    
June 29th:
Noon-8 PM 
Exhibitions on view at Fort Tilden and Rockaway Beach Surf Club

7 PM 
Spoken word performance by Patti Smith 
Poetry reading by James Franco at Fort Tilden

Fort Tilden
169 State Road
New York, NY

8 PM-midnight 
After party at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club  
Rockaway Beach Surf Club 
3012 Beach 87 Street 
Rockaway Beach, NY  

Nanu Al-Hamad, Uri Aran, Davide Balula, Neil Beloufa, Anna Betbeze, Huma Bhabha, Carol Bove, Lizzi Bourgatsos, Olaf Breuning, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, James Clar, Shezad Dawood, Rodney Dickson, Thomas Dozol, Zachary Drucker, Olafur Eliasson, James Ferraro, Fred Fleisher, Ryan Foerster, Shingo Francis, Daniel Gordon, Hugh Hayden, Rachel Harrison, Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, Camille Henrot, Jonathan Horowitz, Donna Huanca, Khalil Huffman, Alex Israel, Gavin Kenyon, Caitlin Keogh, Andrei Koschmieder, Ajay Kurian, Sadie Laska, Margaret Lee, Dominik Lejman, Jason Losh, Isabelle Lumpkin, Nancy Lupo, Marcos Lutyens, Gloria Maximo, Ryan McNamara, John Miller, Tracey Moffatt, Marlie Mul, Georgie Nettell, Adrienne Pao, Elizabeth Peyton, Adam Putman, Ugo Rondinone, Aura Rosenberg, Tom Sachs, Laurie Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Michael Stipe, Keith Tallet and Sally Lundberg, Stewart Uoo, Allyson Vierira, Patrick Walsh, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siris, Saya Woolfalk, and Amy Yao

For more information click here... 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sam Francis "In Lovely Blueness" (no. 1) now on view at the Centre Pompidou, Metz

In Lovely Blueness (no. 1) - Sam Francis (1955-1957) 
Exposition Phares, 2014, Centre Pompidou Metz 027

The exhibition "Phares" -- now at the Pompidou Metz -- showcases monumental, rarely seen works from the collection of the Centre Pompidou Museum of Modern Art in Paris, including works by Sam Francis, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Joan Mitchell and Anish Kapoor.

This extended exhibition will be on view for at least two years. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Great Review of Sam Francis "Five Decades" at the Crocker

In a recent editorial for Visual Art Source, critic Richard Speer offers a perceptive reflection on Sam Francis, and how his career was affected by being an artist who primarily worked outside New York.  

Here is how the piece begins: 

Sam Francis, New York and Outsiders Looking In

Sam Francis, "Mantis," ca. 1960-61, oil on canvas, 52 x 78". 
© Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artists Rights Society, New York 

"It behooves artists to be at the right place at the right time, ensconced with the right curators, critics, gallerists, and collectors.Those who miss their era's dominant milieu are apt to be ignored or demonized in life and perpetuity. This cold fact was underlined for me recently when I visited "Sam Francis:Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections" at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The show originated last August at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, then traveled to the Crocker, where it closes April 20. And while co-curators Debra Burchett-Lere and Peter Selz have invigoratingly showcased Francis' gifts for brilliant color and evocative negative space, they have also had to acknowledge that the painter was never well-regarded in New York critical circles."

To read the complete article, click here...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Sam Francis Foundation Opens its Pasadena Office

The Sam Francis Foundation now has a new office and work space in Old Town, Pasadena. There is still work to be done -- including some wiring and filing systems -- but the office is up and running. 

Here is what Debra Burchett-Lere has to say about the space:

"It has a loft feeling -- high ceilings, with lots of windows, original doors and windows with leaded glass (from 1929), hardwood floors, like a little French studio Sam might have had in Paris in the 1950s.  The building is called  The Fish Building and it is actually from late 1800s, but was redone in 1929 so has a deco feeling."

If you would like to update your contact information, please use the information below:

The Sam Francis Foundation
Primary mailing address: 
1146 N. Central Ave. #523
Glendale, CA 91202

Office and Work space: 
26 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 7
Pasadena,  CA 91105

Main phone: 818.246.5455
Work space: 626.460.8551

The Sam Francis Foundation: Recent Shows and News

Here is an update on recent news about Sam Francis exhibitions and also the activities of the Sam Francis Foundation. 

At the Bernard Jacobson Gallery in London, a selection of works -- including a striking 1962 "Blue Balls" watercolor -- is on view through July 31st. An illustrated catalog is available.

Blue Balls Untitled, 1962
Watercolour on paper

Although a recent solo show by Sam Francis at the Galerie Fleury in Paris has closed, you can click on the image below to download and view a pdf catalog. 

Another solo show -- also in France at the Guy Pieters Gallery in St. Paul De Vence -- will remain on view through August 6th. 

Works by Sam Francis also are on view in a group show in the Netherlands at Cobra museum. The museum store is offering an "Endless Lamp" that features a Sam Francis painting. 

Also, the Sam Francis Foundation recently sponsored the first "ArtTable Talks Tech panel discussion in Los Angeles on March 26th. You can view the video below: