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WILLIAM SAROYAN – A Exhibit at Arion Press Gallery
January 9 @ 9:00 am - February 24 @ 5:00 pm
Forever Saroyan, LLC, is proud to announce the opening of WILLIAM SAROYAN, a major exhibition of Saroyan’s artifacts, art, and words at the Arion Press Gallery, the first exhibition of Saroyan paintings and artifacts in San Francisco this decade. The exhibition traces his life story from his birth in Fresno, through his early career as a writer in San Francisco, his relationship with Grabhorn Press, his rise in the literary world, his contemporaries and family, as well as his most important literary and theatrical works. The exhibition will also feature a rare look at the art and writing of Saroyan’s cousin, Archie Minasian, through his books, poems, and watercolors.
Saroyan created art throughout his life, beginning with geometric pencil drawings in the late 1920s and early 30s. These works, often drawn on stationary, reflect the Art Deco architecture and design of the time. By the late 1950s, he was creating watercolors and ink drawings. The forms he painted, line-based with an expressive color palette, were Abstract Expressionist in nature, exploring form and color theory while still maintaining a constrained presentation that spoke of his earlier works. Some scholars point to his friendship with Manuel Tolegian, former travel partner of Jackson Pollock, as being key in helping define new styles in expressive painting.
The exhibit opens on January 8, 2023 for early viewing from Noon to 4pm. The exhibit will then be open Monday through Fridays, 9am to 5pm through February 24th, with an official opening celebration on January 15.
The Arion Press Gallery is located at 1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129, United States. Forever Saroyan will be providing guided tours every other Thursday starting on January 12, 2023. Admission is free and no reservations are required.