Selected this week by the New York Times as a not-to-miss show this Fall, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s (BAMPFA) Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static exhibition is noteworthy for many reasons. The first comprehensive museum retrospective of the under-recognized artist, it also marks the first posthumous museum exhibition of Quaytman, who left behind a prolific body of work when he passed away in 2002. The exhibition will feature more than seventy paintings and drawings that span Quaytman’s four-decade career, including many of his most significant, and rarely seen, works. And, the exhibition will also be the first West Coast presentation, making it an unprecedented opportunity for Bay Area audiences to immerse themselves in the work of this distinct modernist artist.

“The totality of Harvey Quaytman’s highly original body of work places him squarely within the tradition of modernist painting, yet it also proves him to be one of its most capable and unsung explorers.”—Apsara DiQuinzio, curator

Noted for his monumental shaped canvasses, material investigations, and interest in color as a pure medium, the exhibition is accompanied by a beautifully illustrated catalogue: a timely reconsideration of Quaytman’s influential work.

Harvey Quaytman: Araras, 1973; acrylic on canvas; 87 x 87 in. (221 x 221 cm). Harvey Quaytman Trust; courtesy of Van Doren Waxter, New York


Harvey Quaytman: Jake’s Gray, 1969; acrylic on canvas; 64 x 163 in. (162.6 x 414 cm). University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Gift of Nina Nielsen and John Baker
Harvey Quaytman: Zhili-Byli, 1976; acrylic and pigment on canvas; 98 x 40 in. (248.9 x 101.6 cm). Harvey Quaytman Trust; courtesy of Van Doren Waxter, New York

Running October 17th through January 27th, see the BAMPFA exhibition page for more details on public programming events, including a lunchtime curator’s talk with Apsara DiQuinzio on Wednesday, October 17th and a hands-on color crafting event for kids on Saturday, November 10th .