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William T. Wiley    Feb 8 - Mar 15, 2014

& So..Abstracting the Raven and Crow
William T. Wiley
& So..Abstracting the Raven and Crow, 2011
 
Bury Your Barrier
William T. Wiley
Bury Your Barrier, 2006
 
For Leaner Times
William T. Wiley
For Leaner Times, 2012
 
It's Starting to Make Since
William T. Wiley
It's Starting to Make Since, 2012
 
No Bell Prys for Peace with Predator Drone
William T. Wiley
No Bell Prys for Peace with Predator Drone, 2010
 
Ocean Notion
William T. Wiley
Ocean Notion, 2013
 
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William T. Wiley is among a handful of the most influential American artists to come out of the Bay Area. His first solo exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery will consist of very recent paintings on canvas and watercolors on paper, contextualized with work from the past decade, as a means of exploring the evolution of his lexicon and style.

For more than 50 years, the poet-philosopher Wiley has combined language and image, non-hierarchically, to address the most important social, political and environmental issues of the times. His visual vocabulary of repeating motifs, combined with word play — running internal monologues, spiked with puns, double entendre and malapropism — is an open-ended investigation into the moral issues of the global citizen in the early 21st century.

Using a variety of media and working outside any stylistic movement or trend, Wiley has developed a distinctive style. But through continual exploration and re-invention, his work is ever evolving. It’s the constantly shifting, playful investigation of this contemporary thinker that this exhibition seeks to illuminate.

William T. Wiley was born in 1937 and moved to San Francisco in 1956 to attend the San Francisco Art Institute (then the California School of Fine Arts). He completed his MFA in 1962, then taught at UC Davis, where he, along with Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, and Manuel Neri, transformed what was known as an agricultural college into one of the most important art schools of the 1960s and 1970s. In 2009 the Smithsonian American Art Museum mounted a retrospective of Wiley’s work that traveled to the Berkeley Art Museum in 2010. In 2013 Wiley was the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Fondazione Marconi in Milan. During last year’s Venice Biennale, Wiley’s work was included in the Prada Foundation’s remake of the legendary exhibition, “When Attitude Becomes Form,” originally curated by Harold Szeemann at the Bern Kunsthalle, Switzerland in 1969. Wiley’s paintings, works on paper, sculptures and films are in the permanent collections of prominent public and private collections worldwide.

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