“M. Louise Stanley: No Regrets, 50 Years of Art and Activism.” Ms. Stanley is best known for her humorous narrative style, inspired by Western Art history and Greek mythology. Since the beginning of her career in the 1970s, Ms. Stanley, (aka Lulu,) has tackled the thorny issues of our time–gender inequality, corporate malfeasance, social justice, and all-around bad behavior. Given the current socio-political environment, viewers will appreciate her bold work which treats difficult subjects with wit and insight. Spanning five decades, the exhibition will include artworks shown together for the first time, as well as presenting never-before exhibited works. A selection of her art journals and protest signs will also be on view.
“In this retrospective exhibition of works selected from fifty years of M. Louise Stanley’s career as commentator on the human comedy, both the artist’s wit and her prodigious gift for renovating the history of art are on full view,” states Maria Porges, author of the exhibition catalog essay.
Ms. Stanley’s paintings and journals are filled with lush color, and rich, historically-accurate references. Her work reaches out with striking contemporary relevance and will engage viewers in “Lulu’s” world: where “Bad Bankers” receive ‘just’ punishment, and Greek Gods are seen through a feminist lens, as portrayed in “Jupiter and Io.” She is represented by Anglim/Trimble Gallery in San Francisco.
An exhibition catalog featuring an essay by Maria Porges will be published in conjunction with the exhibit.
Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ and students 13-25. Free for members and children under 13.
The exhibition is presented by the Herbst Foundation.
Additional support has been provided by:
Ron Casentini, Daniel and Susan Daniloff, Leslie Ruhland of Accuchex, Law Offices of Marlene Pappas Getchell, Kathleen Gaines and Ray Welch, Dr. Denise Lucy and Dr. Francoise Lepage.
Home Page Images:
Detail from "Homage to Duchamp" 2003, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 46"
Detail from "Psyche and Amor" 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 55"
“Bad Bankers” 2011, acrylic on panel, 30 x 40”
“Anatomy Lesson” 2003, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96”
“The Mystic Muse and the Bums Who Sleep in the Golf Course” 1970, watercolor, 11 x 15”
“Jupiter and Io” 2008, acrylic on canvas, 62 x 80”
“Uninvited Guests” 2020. Gouache, 30 x 40”