Frye Art Museum
photo by Jill Berarducci
Stan Washburn: Museum Images and A Moral Alphabet of Vice and Folly
Sept. 4 - Nov. 1, 1998
Stan Washburn, once described as "San Francisco's finest sixteenth-century artist," will be showing his art work at the Frye Art Museum this fall.
A multi-faceted artist, Washburn's etchings and paintings are in major collections throughout the country and his first novel, Intent to Harm, was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection in 1994.
An ardent museum visitor, Washburn chose museum interiors as the setting for a series of paintings that explore the relationship of people to art. Reactions ranging from fascination to boredom are explored in these works. In these quiet, vast museum spaces anything can happen - and sometimes does.
A second series of twenty-seven images from the artist's 1986 book of etchings, A Moral Alphabet of Vice and Folly is also on view. Washbum' s dry wit, cleverly skews human frailties from "A to Z," with Renaissance-style engravings and tongue-in-cheek moralizing texts. An illustrated catalogue of the exhibition and a reprinted edition of the Moral Alphabet will be available in the Museum Store.
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