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Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest

April 29–August 20, 2017

Step into the wondrous universe of the art of Roy De Forest. Personal and dream-like, Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest is the artist’s first full career retrospective. De Forest created expansive artworks brimming with kaleidoscopic color and quirky characters—both playful and dark—that beckon you to take a closer look. Embark on a journey into the funky, colorful world of one of northern California’s most influential artists through 50 paintings and sculptures that spark the imagination. Drift deeper into these paintings with listening stations that feature an array of unexpected voices, ranging from a dog trainer and a ten-year old to a sword swallower and a landscape horticulturalist. Build your own imaginary world using felt shapes in a hands-on space inspired by Roy De Forest’s paintings.

There is an additional $4 charge for this special exhibition in addition to regular Museum admission.

Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, Brian and Gloria Marchant, and the Simpson Family.

Additional support provided by Lorrie and Richard Greene, Lipman Family Foundation, Arlene Schnitzer/Jordan Schnitzer, and Alan Sieroty.

IMAGES: Roy De Forest, Black Dog, 1973; In the Horse Latitudes, 1960; The Real Inside Story, 1973; Wise Horse’s Dream, 1972; Recollections of a Sword Swallower, 1968. All art © Estate of Roy De Forest/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY