Palm Springs Desert Museum
Palm Springs, CA
Manuel Neri: A Sculptor and His Drawings
October 21, 1998 to January 24, 1999
The exhibition Manuel Neri: A Sculptor and His Drawings, presented in the Annenberg Art Wing, includes drawings, sketchbooks and sculptures created between 1955 and 1998. The evocative and exciting works of this broadly talented artist invite PSDM guests into his sensual and creative world. Neri's drawings are not only studies for ideas to be carried out in 3-dimensional forms, but expressive, richly textured artworks. A full range of Neri's sculptures in bronze, marble and plaster complements his vivid and colorful drawings.
His unique style of creating a figure and then painting it with expressionistic brush strokes of vibrant colors, has gained him a national and international reputation. He often uses the same model in a wide variety of poses to create works that are individually painted.
Born in 1930 near Sanger, California, in the San Joaquin Valley, Neri studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, and the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco. As the only figurative sculptor critically connected to the acclaimed 1950s-1960s San Francisco Bay Area figurative painters (Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, Nathan Oliveira, David Park and Joan Brown, among several others), Neri has been featured worldwide in numerous solo and group exhibitions in private galleries and museums.
Currently Neri divides his time annually between his two studios, one located in a former church east of San Francisco in Benicia, California, and the other in Carrara, Italy where he works primarily in marble.
Neri is represented in the Palm Springs Desert Museum's permanent collection by three bronze sculptures: Arcos de Geso of 1985, Squatting Woman of 1981-82, and Mujer Pegada Series No. 3 of 1985-88.
The drawing exhibition was organized by The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the sculpture exhibition was organized by the Palm Springs Desert Museum. A 62-page illustrated catalog is available.
This showing and the educational programs are funded in part by the Museum's Contemporary Art Council. The artist and Mary Julia Klimenko--his model since 1972--will present a special program on their collaborative projects: Manuel Neri and Mary Julia Klimenko: Sculpture and Poetry--A Working Relationship, November 18, 1998 at 5:30 p.m. in the Annenberg Theater. On Friday, November 20 at 11 a.m. in the Lecture Hall, Sidney Williams, Director of Education and Programs will present a slide lecture: Manuel Neri and Bay Area Figurative Art. Gallery Talks by decent specialists June Michalove and Betty Rinnig will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11a.m. in the Neri exhibition.
Top to bottom: Prietas Series III, 1997, bronze,
edition 4/4, 61 x 18 x 20 inches, courtesy of the artist; Figure Study
- Didi No. 19, 1976, acrylic, ink, dry pigment/water, graphite on paper,
34 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches, The Manuel Neri Archive, The Corcoran Gallery of
Art, Washington, DC; Squatting Woman, 1981-82, bronze with oil-based
enamel, 32 x 34 x 27 inches, collection of Palm Springs Desert Museum, gift
of Steve Chase; Untitled No. 1, 1995, dry pigment/water, oil paint
stick, charcoal on paper, 41 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, courtesy of the artist.
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