“Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings, 1937 - 1972,” includes 38 expressive works that illustrate Bischoff’s visual journey from abstraction to figuration, and back again, over the course of four decades. Bischoff was a Bay Area painter deeply engaged in the practice of putting paint on canvas in a way that kept him constantly searching for something just out of his reach. His paintings are sensual and lyrical, with marks and compositions influenced by his love of music, including New Orleans Jazz and classical music.
The exhibit is comprised of rarely-viewed paintings and drawings, loaned from private collections and from members of Bischoff’s family. MarinMOCA is grateful for the expert assistance of George Adams, Bischoff Estate representative and owner of the George Adams Gallery, located in New York. Mr. Adams explains, “This exhibition is not so much about Elmer Bischoff becoming a painter as it is about his being a painter who pursued something essential in each work through many transformations of subject and process. One could say that he listened to his paintings and responded honestly until he could no longer hear what they were saying, whereupon he made the necessary switch to another genre. This approach fulfilled Bischoff’s desire to keep his work “alive and in the present.”
This exhibit furthers the Bischoff legacy and illuminates an artist who remains one of our 20th century Bay Area legends.
Exhibit Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ and students 13-25. Free for members.
The public is invited to the Art Talk on Saturday, February 29, 4pm - 5pm with Meghan O'Callaghan, art scholar and curator from Toronto, Canada. The talk is followed by a reception from 5pm - 7pm. An exhibition catalog featuring an essay by former Stanford Cantor Arts Center curator Hilarie Faberman will be available for purchase.
Adult Docent Tours: Thursdays at 11:00 am and Saturdays at 2:00 pm, beginning on March 5.
Underwriting support provided by The Herbst Foundation
Additional support provided by: Susan and Daniel Daniloff, Robin Eber, Marin Landscape Materials
Media Partner: MarinARTS