The New York Times
Roy De Forest’s Greatness Shines Even in a Virtual Display
This Bay Area artist’s enduring, multifaceted achievement deserves more respect from New York than it has garnered thus far.
Sometimes viewing an art exhibition online isn’t so much an inconvenience as a comfortable buffer. Consider, for example, the irreverent, relentless visual cornucopia created by the great but under-known artist Roy De Forest (1930-2007), a large selection of which booms forth from the website of the Manhattan gallery Venus Over Manhattan.
Oakland Museum of Art
Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest
This retrospective of the artist illustrates the artist's voyages and visions through vibrant, large-scale paintings and sculptures
OAKLAND —The Oakland Museum of California will present Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest, a special exhibition designed to simulate an adventurous exploration of the artist’s dream-like and sometimes humorous works. Opening in April 2017, the exhibition will feature over 50 large, colorful paintings and sculptures, including many works on loan from world-renowned institutions including SFMOMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Works featured in the exhibition span De Forest’s career as a notable California figure in an artistic genre often called Funk art or Nut art. His vibrant works present playful visions that invite us on a trip into rich and colorful alternative worlds.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection
Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection presents some of the most treasured artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection.
The exhibition includes seventy paintings and sculpture from the 1910s to the 1980s that encompass the range of what can broadly be called modern realism, from socio-political to psychological, from satirical to surrealist. The artworks on display were selected by Virginia Mecklenburg, chief curator at the museum.
Roy De Forest was born in North Platte, Nebraska, in 1930. He attended the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), and San Francisco State College, where he received his B.A. in 1953, and his M.A. in 1958. His work has been the subject of numerous solo presentations both stateside and abroad, including exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of California; Galerie Darthea Speyer, Paris; ICA Boston; SFMoMA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Candy Store Gallery, Folsom; and Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco. De Forest’s work is frequently featured in major group exhibitions, including recent presentations at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, University of California, Davis; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Matthew Marks Gallery, New York; RISD Museum, Providence; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His work is held in numerous public collections around the world, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch; Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne; SFMoMA; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. De Forest lived and worked in Port Costa, California, before his death in 2007