Crown of Thorns

About Tom Marioni

A pioneer of Conceptual art, Tom Marioni creates sculptures, drawings, prints, and works that incorporate sound, video, and light. In 1970 Marioni produced his seminal performance-installation work The Art of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art (1970), for which he installed a bar and hosted a party in a gallery space; in the same year he opened the Museum of Conceptual Art, an alternative San Francisco art space. Influenced by Eastern philosophy, Marioni also produced a series of action drawings in which gestural marks were the product of the artist running, jumping, or rotating his arm in a circular motion, using his body as a compass to record his farthest reach and marry physical effort with mark-making. “There’s the tradition of the ensō [“circle”] in Japan,” Marioni has said of the eastern influence on these drawings. “It’s about breathing, mark-making, and picture-writing.”

American, b. 1937, based in San Francisco, California

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
John Zurier and Friends, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2016
Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2016
Tom Marioni - Birds in Flight, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco
2015
Sol LeWitt, Tom Marioni, John Cage, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2013
Solid Concept - Bay Area Conceptual Artists, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Tom Marioni - Birds in Flight, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
John Zurier and Friends, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2016
Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2016
Scratches, Spit and Vinegar, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2016
Particle and Wave, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
2015
Sol LeWitt, Tom Marioni, John Cage, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2015
Summer Choices, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2015
In Other Words, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2013
Solid Concept - Bay Area Conceptual Artists, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco
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