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Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings

Presented by MarinMOCA at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato CA

Feb 29 2020
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Apr 19 2020
Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings

**Closed through April 7, see exhibit video** Bischoff’s visual journey from abstraction to figuration, and back again, over four decades

Closed due to COVID-19, from March 16-April 7
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See below for video with exhibit discussion by gallerist Meghan O’Callahan

Exhibition Dates:  February 29 – April 19

“Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings, 1937 – 1972,” is an exhibit that 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.

Art Talk:
Meghan O’Callaghan, visiting art scholar from Toronto, will present an art talk about Bischoff on Sat., Feb 29, at 4pm in the upstairs gallery. She will present insightful background information that will make your gallery visit much more meaningful.

Adult Docent Tours:  Thursdays at 11:00 am and Saturdays at 2:00 pm, beginning on March 5

An exhibition catalog featuring an essay by former Stanford Cantor Arts Center curator Hilarie Faberman will be available for purchase.

Underwriting support provided by The Herbst Foundation

Additional support provided by:  Susan and Daniel Daniloff, Robin Eber, Marin Landscape Materials

Media Partner: MarinArts

ADMISSION INFO

Closed due to COVID-19, from March 16-April 7

Exhibit Admission:
$10 – Adults,
$8 – Seniors 65+ and students 18-21
Free for members

Contact: 415-506-0137

Email: info@marinmoca.org

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Additional time info:

Closed due to COVID-19, from March 16-April 7

Regular Hours:
Wed-Fri:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat-Sun:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm

VIDEOS

  • We are closed but please enjoy this engaging video about Bischoff's art, life and inspirations!

LOCATION

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

500 Palm Drive, Novato, CA 94949

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