Monumental: The Art of Viola Frey
|Monday, June 29, 2020
|10:00am - 5:00pm (7h)
Over the course of her 50-year career, Viola Frey (1933–2004) produced an impressive body of artwork, including sculpture, paintings, and drawings, but she is best known for her brilliantly colored, monumental ceramic figures. Frey belonged to a generation of California artists who pushed the boundaries of clay as a craft to produce sculptural artworks, which elevated ceramics as a medium for fine art as we know it today.
Frey’s multi-faceted approach and training as a painter and sculptor taught her to experiment using contemporary materials, art historical and pop culture references, and personal iconography, which she gathered from her surroundings. These deep sources of imagery allowed Frey to reflect on culture, power, gender dynamics, and in one particular series, the broad topic of Western Civilization.