Roy De Forest Work Exhibited in New York
Roy De Forest, the late, long-time UC Davis art professor, is the subject of a major exhibition at a New York gallery that has received a significant review in The New York Times. “Roy De Forest’s Greatness Shines Even in a Virtual Display” by Roberta Smith examines the artist’s online exhibition at the Venus Over Manhattan gallery. The show’s 37 paintings, drawings and assemblage wall reliefs span from 1960 to 2006.
It is the largest New York exhibition of De Forest’s work since 1975, when the Whitney Museum of American Art showed a retrospective of his work that was organized and shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1974.
De Forest created often playful drawing, paintings and sculptures jam-packed with human and animal figures and imaginative landscapes and interlocking designs. The show’s 37 paintings, drawings and assemblage wall reliefs span from 1960 to 2006.
His first comprehensive career retrospective, “Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest”, was mounted by the Oakland Museum of California in 2017.
De Forest joined the UC Davis art department in 1965 and retired in 1992. He died in 2007.