It would be reductive and essentializing to dovetail Graves' deep sensitivity with his openness about his homosexuality, remarkable at a time when same-sex desire was criminalized. And yet, as Earnest also concludes, there is something about the sensuality of Graves' work — one so removed from the masculine athleticism of Graves' Abstract Expressionist contemporaries — that makes it truly visionary. Graves' friend John Cage called his paintings "invitations." Don't be afraid to accept their offer to get close.
THE VISIONARY ART OF MORRIS GRAVES
Through May 15
535 Powell, SF