The vision thing - Page 2

New ways of seeing and the presence of Morris Graves
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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

(415) 398-7229

www.meridiangallery.org

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