De Wain Valentine

Posted: Aug 03 2015

In 1961, De Wain Valentine came to New York with slides of his work. When he showed them to gallery directors, the first response was always some variation on, “This is really interesting work. What is it?” So Valentine told them: these were sculptures made of polyester resin and fiberglass, a medium that few artists were using at the time. Then came the second response: “Oh, galleries would never show art made of plastic.” He left New York in 1965 for California without any gallery representation. Now he returns to New York for his first show in 30 years...

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