A Modern Day Drawings Cabinet
Bay Area Figurative Works
December 4, 2008 - January 31, 2009
exhibition artwork

In centuries past, the art connoisseur would assemble a "cabinet" of drawings, prints, or other works on paper. The "cabinet" often referred not to a piece of furniture for storing the collection, but instead to a special room such as a private study that allowed for the intimate display of these treasures.

In this fine tradition, the George Krevsky Gallery displays an important selection of drawings by modern masters, with a specific focus on the artists of the Bay Area Figurative School.

The act of drawing with pencil, pen or brush has been central to the School, resulting in an extraordinary body of work on paper. A surprising portion of this work is in dark or muted tones blacks, grays, subtle browns and sanguine which stand in marked contrast to the intense, expressionist color widely associated with Bay Area Figurative painting on canvas.

Artists represented in our "cabinet" include Theophilus Brown, Frank Lobdell, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira, and James Weeks.