Leo Valledor (1936–1989) was a Filipino-American painter who pioneered the Hard-edge painting style. During the 1960s he was a member of the Park Place Gallery in Soho,
New York, which exhibited many influential and significant
artists of the period. He exhibited in several prominent
galleries and museums, like the Graham Gallery, the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the M. H. de Young
Memorial Museum. He was the Exhibition Director and teacher
at Lone Mountain College. He is a two-time recipient of the
National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant. He
was a leader of the minimalist movement in the 1970s. Source:
Wikipedia, Leo Valledor.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art acquires two Leo Valledor painting
SAN FRANCISCO, California—The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired two key paintings of Leo Valledor, one of San Francisco’s leading postwar Asian-American artists.
Valledor’s Whose Blues (1958) and Becoming (1963) joined the museum’s permanent collection in January.
Linda Dalrymple Henderson, professor at The University of Texas at Austin, praised the acquisition.
"Grounded in his experience of San Francisco in the 1950s, Leo Valledor's paintings embody some of the most original investigations of color and space perception made during the 1960s and after,” said Henderson, who as author of Reimagining Space: The Park Place Gallery Group in 1960s New York, is considered a Valledor expert.
“A central member of the Park Place Gallery group in New York (1962-67), he was also much admired by Robert Smithson and Sol LeWitt, who clearly appreciated his unique synthesis of his interests in jazz, Buckminster Fuller's vectoral geometry, the optical energy of color, and the complex space associated with the fourth dimension, a major theme at Park Place,” she said.
Togonon Gallery.com Press Release February 21 2011.
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