Blue and earth tones create this evocative abstract titled "Fleeting Moment" by a master abstract expressionist. Image, 36"H x 30"W. Unframed Signed lower center "Sarni " and verso. Image size: 30"H x 30"W x 2"D San Francisco Beat Generation painter Marie Sarni was born in Boston, MA in 1931. She holds a BA from Massachusetts School of Art and MFAs from San Francisco Art Institute and University of Oregon. She was married to 1958 to writer Norman Meinke. She studied with Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira, Elmer Bischoff and Wally Hedrick. She was a member and moved in the circles of the most significant Bay Area beat generation painters. She was named in Art News in 1972 as an “Outstanding Painter Living Outside of New York City.” While a student at Massachusetts School of Art, she was heavily influenced by Willem de Kooning and decided to focus her art on abstract expressionism and refers to herself as a “veteran abstract expressionist.” For over 20 years she enjoyed a close friendship with Willem and Elaine de Kooning, who both respected her work and opinion. She holds many distinctions and prizes including being sponsored by SF Art Institute to represent the United States in the 1962 Prix de Rome. Sarni was positively reviewed in Art News, ArtForum, New York Herald Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Park-East (New York), West Art and Art Week and cited in “Art and Sexual Politics.” Through her active career she has had numerous solo and group exhibits (see list below). Recognized and lauded within the art community and by critics, her work is in Willem and Elaine de Kooning, the Merker and Foss private collections, and is installed in Greenville Art Museum, and Univ. of Oregon and Univ. of Montana Art Museum. She is retired and lives in the Monterey Bay area. COLLECTIONS: Willem and Elaine de Kooning Private Collection Greenville Art Museum, Greenville, South Carolina Merker Private Collection, Park Ave., New York NY University of Oregon Art Museum University of Montana Art Museum Foss Collection, California DISTINCTIONS: Awarded First Prize in Ten Western States Invitational at the University of Montana. Participated in United Nations Sponsored International Women's Exhibition. Cited in Art and Sexual Politics (1971) and Art News (1972) as “Outstanding Painter Living Outside of New York City.” Represented California at Invitational Exhibit at Leland Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan. REVIEWS: Art News, ArtForum, New York Herald Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Park-East (New York), West Art and Art Week. SOLO EXHIBITIONS: Ceres Gallery, Ney York City NY Van Bovenkamp Gallery, New York City NY Lucien Labaudt Gallery, San Francisco CA Hollis Gallery, San Francisco CA Prism Gallery, San Francisco CA Ebert Gallery, San Francisco CA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles CA Bingham Gallery, San Jose CA Bingham Gallery, Salt Lake City UT Voshan Gallery, Palo Alto CA Palm Springs Gallery, Palm Springs CA University of Oregon Art Museum, Eugene OR University of Montana Art Museum, Missoula MT Fresno Art Center, Fresno CA Atelier Gallery, Santa Cruz CA Romana Milutin-Fabris Gallery, Dubrovnik, Croatia Sesame Gallery, Dubrovnik, Croatia Studio Art 57, Dubrovnik, Croatia GROUP EXHIBITIONS: Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, Long Island NY San Francisco Bay Area Painters, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto CA Survivors, Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle WA Artists of Oregon Annual, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR Artists of Oregon Invitational, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR Greenville Art Museum, Greenville, North Carolina San Jose Art League, San Jose CA Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco CA Voshan Gallery, Palo Alto CA Ebert Gallery, San Francisco CA Ceres Gallery, New York, NY Triton Museum, Santa Clara CA BIRTHPLACE: Boston, Massachusetts EDUCATION: Massachusetts School of Art, Boston, Bachelor of Art Degree, 1952 San Francisco Art Institute, Master of Art Degree, 1961; Graduate Study with Diebenkorn, Oliveira, Bischoff and Hedrick University of Oregon, Eugene, Master of Fine Arts (required to teach in Oregon) TEACHING EXPERIENCE: California State University, Fresno CA Fresno City College, Fresno CA Umpqua College, Roseburg, Oregon
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