Thursday, May 6, 2010

William Wiley at BAM and Sylvia White

William Wiley, Alchemical Lyon, 2007
Jacquard tapestry, 72 x 84 in. Edition of 6

On view at the Berkeley Art Museum until July 18, What’s It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect presents a fifty-year survey of the work of one of the most singular artists of our time, a well-known and beloved Bay Area figure who is also a “national treasure,” in the words of Sidney Lawrence of the Wall Street Journal.

The exhibition includes the tapestry above, published by Magnolia Editions, as well as more than eighty paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, installations, prints, book collaborations, films and videos, and even a Wiley-designed, functioning pinball machine.

William Wiley, Aboriginal Child Frightened by Abstraction and Time, 1996
lithograph, 30 x 24 in.
c/o Sylvia White Gallery

A survey of Wiley prints is also on view at the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura from May 19 - June 26; this exhibition includes several Wiley tapestries and a 2009 mixed media work, Goat with Attire, published by Magnolia Editions. Sylvia White has provided a great online gallery of works from the exhibition.

Wiley will be at the Sylvia White Gallery on Friday, May 28, 5-7 pm, for a book signing.

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