Exhibition Photos - Patricia Sweetow
Robert Hudson @ Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco
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Please join Patricia Sweetow Gallery for a special exhibition with sculptor, Robert Hudson, a renowned
artist with national and international prominence. The exhibition will include 9 sculptures and 5 drawings.
Exhibition dates are March 20 - May 15, 2010. Reception for the artist is Saturday, March 20th from 2 -
Robert Hudson's exhibition at Patricia Sweetow Gallery coincides with the unveiling of a major commission
of new work at One Hawthorne, located on the corner of Hawthorne Lane and Howard Streets in San
Francisco. The exterior installation,145 feet tall by 12 feet wide, is a vertical mural comprised of multiple
porcelain enamel panels, reproducing a series of 30 x 23 inch pen and ink drawings created by Hudson for
this project. Spanning 16 floors, it is located on the eastern facade of the building and is appropriately
titled Landmark. One Hawthorne is new urban residential living in San Francisco.
Born in 1938, Robert Hudson is celebrated as one our foremost American sculptors. He began exhibiting in
1958, and has punctuated his career with collaborations with lifelong friends William Wiley, Richard Shaw
and William Allen. Hudson attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he eventually taught for several
years before joining UC Berkeley's Art Department as a faculty member.
In 1985, Hudson had a survey exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His painterly
sculptures and complex constructions incorporating found objects, paintings on canvas, and works on paper,
referenced not only the political environment, but also echoed his Pacific Northwest origins.
For this exhibition, Robert Hudson exhibits work from the last 2 years - his strongest, most imaginative work
to date. From modest scale, to over 5 feet, the sculptures have resolved into inventive elegance. The welded
cast iron, porcelain enamel, and stainless steel sculptures offer graceful interaction of form with color
and the playful spin of kinetic energy. Hudson's pen and ink drawings mirror the strength of his sculpture,
with repetitive spiraling forms that force the eye to trace their voyage on paper.
Robert Hudson is represented in numerous national and international collections including, MoMA, New
York; SFMoMA; Oakland Museum; Whitney Museum; Los Angeles County Museum; the de Young Museum,
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Smithsonian National Gallery; the Chicago Art Institute; and
the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the diRosa Preserve has 25 Robert
Hudson sculptures on view.
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