Viola Frey: A Lasting Legacy

by Kenneth R. Trapp



About the Catalogue

Viola Frey: A Lasting Legacy with essays by Kenneth R. Trapp and Ric Ambrose, contains 38 pages with numerous color plates. It was published in connection with an exhibition of the same name being toured January 13 through March 28, 2005 at the Avampato Discovery Museum in Charleston, West Virginia; June 2 through September 4, 2005 at the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina, and September 16 through October 20, 2005 at Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York.


About the Author:

Kenneth R. Trapp is the former Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. For further references to Mr. Trapp in Resource Library please see:


Resource Library editor's note:

This essay was rekeyed and reprinted on July 28, 2005 in Resource Library with permission of the author and Nancy Hoffman Gallery. Images accompanying the text in the exhibition catalogue were not reproduced with this reprinting. If you have questions or comments regarding the essay, or if you are interested in obtaining a copy of the catalogue, please contact Nancy Hoffman Gallery at either this web address or phone number:

Resource Library wishes to extend appreciation to Ms. Judith Nichols of Nancy Hoffman Gallery for help concerning permission for reprinting the above text

Resource Library readers may also enjoy these articles concerning Viola Frey:

and this online video:

KQED / San Francisco offers a 10-minute video on the life and art of Viola Frey, who passed away in 2004. In the February 18, 2004 Spark show "From Life," viewers watch Frey working in her studio on a series of colossal clay figures for a show in New York. Also in the February 18 show, "photographer Olivier Laude photographs his friends and acquaintances cast as characters in elaborately conceived tableaux that spoof ethnographic portraits. Using an unholy mix of beans, noodles and yarn, Jason Mecier creates mosaic portraits of friends and celebs that are shockingly realistic and endlessly entertaining."

TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:

Viola Frey: Memory Assembled. When Viola Frey died in 2004 she left behind a rich and complex legacy layered by the enigmatic quality of her person. Widely recognized as a leading figurative sculptor of the late 20th century, Frey's monumental achievement lies in successfully expressing her artistic vision through a highly personal iconography and in the extraordinarily rich diversity of her work. Viola Frey: Memory Assembled is an exploration of the life and work of this remarkable woman. Begun prior to her death, the film incorporates original footage of Frey, and interviews with her artistic peers, eminent art historians and curators. From her childhood in Lodi, California through her education as a painter and ceramicist and her career as an artist and educator, Frey's impact on the art world is discussed and lauded. Director, David Bransten. 2006. 36 min. DVD 6788 Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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