Organized to accompany David Park: A Retrospective (Floor 4), this exhibition examines the weekly figure drawing sessions initiated by Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Richard Diebenkorn in 1953. These artists’ gatherings, which expanded during the decade to include additional friends and colleagues, were held in each other’s Bay Area studios with hired models, both male and female. Together, the artists focused on mastering the human form by repeatedly drawing models in various poses, and experimenting with both traditional and alternative materials. The show features thirty-three drawings and two sketchbooks that capture the dynamic and collegial nature of these sessions.
Generous support for David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions is provided by the Agnes Cowles Bourne Bay Area Contemporary Arts Exhibition Fund and Bobbie and Mike Wilsey.
Header image: Paul Wonner, Model Smoking, 1960–61; Hackett Mill, San Francisco; © Estate of Paul Wonner and William Theophilus Brown, Crocker Art Museum; photo: Ben Cressy