The Richmond Art Center, which is celebrating its 80th Anniversary, “The Human Spirit: Contemporary Figuration as an Expression of Humanism.”
The autobiographical work of Joan Brown and Viola Frey stand as beacons to the younger artist striking out on a personal path peripheral to the mainstream and in pursuit of identity and place in the world.
The challenges of treading new interior territory have been met by new voices including Lava Thomas in her portrayals of her grandmother or her close friend and mentor, Mildred Howard, in which hair provides a vocabulary for identity.
Similarly, Juan Carlos Quintana faces desolation and mortality with repetition and aggregation in a shared intensity of focus.
“The Human Spirit: Contemporary Figuration as an Expression of Humanism” runs from March 19 to May 22 and will focus on the historical and aesthetic development of Bay Area figurative art over the past 60 years.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Art Center will offer enlightening public programs including performance, video, music, and a series of talks.
The spring exhibitions are sponsored by Artists’ Legacy Foundation, Blick Art Materials, Susan and Steven Chamberlin, James Curtis III, Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, Nina and Claude Gruen, Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation, Jacobs & CO., Oliver and Company, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.