Founded in 1958 by Jim Newman and Bob Alexander (who left after the first year) in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, Dilexi Gallery played a critical role in the development of San Francisco’s, emerging post-war art scene. By creating a venue with a more professional look than the earlier artist-run cooperative galleries that came before it, Dilexi was able to exhibit the best of both established and underground local talent, as well as artists like Ed Moses and John Altoon from Southern California. Within a few months of opening, Dilexi shows were regularly reviewed in the San Francisco newspapers, and soon grew to a national reputation through regular coverage by then San Francisco based, Artforum. The impact on the careers of many of the artists who showed at Dilexi was immediate and lasting, elevating many of them to the national reputations that they enjoy today.
The works presented in Dilexi Gallery: The Early Years will focus on artists and significant works that were exhibited at the gallery in the early years of 1958-1963. Included will be rare 1950s paintings by Ed Moses, Wally Hedrick, and Manuel Neri. Other significant works in the exhibition include an early plaster sculpture by Neri, constructions by Roy De Forest, a Verifax collage by Wallace Berman, a drawing by Sonia Gechtoff, and paintings by Joan Brown, John Altoon, James Kelly, and Leo Valledor. Of special note are an early, large-scale abstract expressionist painting by renowned minimal and conceptual artist Robert Morris, who showed at Dilexi in 1958 and 1959, and Landscape with Figure, an important 1955 painting by Jay DeFeo that was exhibited at Dilexi.
Dilexi Gallery: The Early Years has been organized in collaboration with Laura Whitcomb and Label Curatorial, Los Angeles. It is the inaugural exhibition of The Dilexi Multi-Venue Retrospective, an exhibition series taking place this summer in San Francisco and Los Angeles focused on the artists and exhibitions of Dilexi Gallery. Other exhibition venues include Crown Point Press, San Francisco, and Parker Gallery, Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, The Landing, and Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles.
Dilexi Gallery: The Early Years
Works By: John Altoon, Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Jay DeFeo, Roy De Forest, Sonia Gechtoff, Wally Hedrick, James Kelly, Robert Morris, Ed Moses, Manuel Neri, Leo Valledor
Exhibition Dates: June 8 – July 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm, with a Gallery Talk starting at 6:30pm
Brian Gross Fine Art
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103