Artist Talk with Dean Fleming
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
Grids and Geography presents Dean Fleming’s stunning 4x4-inch gouache studies from his 1964 journey from Morocco to the Greek island of Lesbos. Not only are these artworks remarkable demonstrations of abstract color painting in the 1960s, they also chronicle a moment in cultural history when an artist could hitchhike freely across North Africa on an adventure that would be impossible today.
Fleming will discuss his travels and how these small gouaches became the basis for subsequent larger, spatially complex paintings later shown at the Park Place Gallery in New York City.
Dean Fleming is an artist who lives and paints in a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome in an artist community he founded in Libre, Colorado. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he received a BFA in 1958 and MFA in 1959. Fleming was part of the Park Place Gallery, a cooperative space established in New York during the mid-1960s, whose members’ paintings and sculptures featured high-keyed color and complex space that offered a distinct alternative to the aesthetics of flatness in painting and minimalism in sculpture that came to dominate the 1960s. Fleming’s work was included in the exhibition Reimagining Space: The Park Place Gallery Group in 1960s New York at the Blanton Museum of Art in 2009.
Presented in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History and in conjunction with the exhibition Grids and Geography: Dean Fleming’s Travels in North Africa and Greece, 1964, on view January 31 – March 8