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Virtual exhibit: Elmer Bischoff’s visual journey – abstraction to figuration, and back again
MarinMOCA is closed due to COVID-19, through May 31 Click here for details
The “Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings, 1937 – 1972” is now closed, but you can enjoy the artworks in our virtual exhibit.
Elmer Bischoff exhibit catalog available for purchase online here for $35.
View the Feb. 29 exhibit discussion by visiting scholar Meghan O’Callahan on YouTube.
CLOSED Exhibition Dates: February 29 – May 31
An exhibit that includes 38 expressive works that illustrate Bay Area legend Elmer 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 underwriting support provided by The Herbst Foundation
Additional support provided by: Susan and Daniel Daniloff, Robin Eber, Marin Landscape Materials
Media Partner: MarinArts