This selection of highly accomplished artists, who either attended and or taught at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, all afterwords chose to live and work in Taos, New Mexico. Their time together, for most of them, in San Francisco, culminated in 1950, a period many art critics would consider the peak of the Abstract Expressionist movement. All except for Charles Strong, who attend the CSFA starting in 1959, but was considered, according to Susan Landauer in her book, The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism, one of the last artists to pick up the Abstract Expressionist torch.
During 1950 at CSFA, both Cyfford Still and Mark Rothko were teaching alongside Edward Corbett, Clay Spohn, and outgoing teacher Richard Diebenkorn. Studying from this list of extraordinary artists and teachers, during this formidable time in American art history, were Lawrence Calcagno and Lilly Fenichel, who along with Corbett and Spohn are all considered to be a part of the early group of abstract painters know in this region as the Taos Moderns. They, along with Charles Strong, are a major part of a legacy of modern art in Taos.
Whether this group of artists were all subsequently draw to Taos, New Mexico, from the San Francisco area, for like minded reasons, or they followed their fellow colleagues, students and friends is unknown. The purpose of this exhibit, showcasing these specific artists, is to explore the significant level of talent Taos has attracted. In this particular case all these artists are considered to be a part of the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism.
Artists included: Lawrence Calcagno, Edward Corbett, Lilly Fenichel, Charles Strong and Clay Spohn.
To view exhibition catalogue: https://issuu.com/203fineart.com/docs/san_francisco_to_taos_catalog_2017_