Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
Monday, February 4, 2013 - 7:30pm
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
About the Lecture
Born in the '70s into the collegial environment of artists in San Francisco, Ruby Neri's initial influences were the painters and ceramicists closely associated with her father, the Bay Area Figurative sculptor Manuel Neri. Her works have steadily built upon these early influences to reflect her interest in an increasingly wide variety of visual sources: American Folk Artists such as Edgar Tolson, early 20th century German Expressionists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and mid-century modern European sculptors such as Alberto Giacometti and Marino Marini. Accordingly, her paintings and sculptures are marked by a commitment to figurative forms that are modeled expressively by hand and animated by the application of unabashed colors, decorative patterning, and incised painted lines.
Neri was born in San Francisco and lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work was seen recently in Made in L.A. 2012 at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection, Miami; and At Home/Not at Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Ceramic, plaster, steel, glaze and paint
69 3/4 x 26 x 26 inches
Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Photograph: Brian Forrest
About the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAS) lecture series provides students and faculty—as well as the wider Bay Area public—with direct exposure to major figures in contemporary global art and culture. It creates an open forum through which SFAI’s students are challenged to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and to discover a global perspective that encourages conceptual and comparative approaches. In addition to the public lectures they give, visiting artists and scholars regularly engage with students in an immediate and active way, by teaching intensives or by participating in seminars, critiques, or colloquia.
All VAS lectures begin at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit www.sfai.edu/events
This event was sponrsored by West Coast Vending & Food Service, Inc. SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series—are also supported in part by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.