Dilexi Gallery Retrospective

Label CuratorialDilexi Multivenue Retrospective, was staged at 6 galleries across California. The galleries included Parrasch HeijnenParker Gallery, Crown Point PressBrian Gross Fine Art, The Landing and Marc Selwyn. The retrospective was reviewed by the notable art critic Jonathan Griffin as one of five key shows in 2019.

The Dilexi Retrospective presented a preview of the curatorial’s eight year project of the Bay Area artist and poet run galleries in the Bay Area from 1949-1965 focusing on the Dilexi gallery which ran from 1958-1969 which was established by Jim Newman and Robert Alexander. Although Alexander only stayed on for one year the publication and exhibitions focused on the gallery’s years from 1958-1969 followed by the rich period of its aftermath when Newman established the Dilexi Foundation. The aftermath under Newman’s directions included films of Yvonne Rainer, Terry Riley, Arlo Acton, Andy Warhol, Walter de Maria, William Wiley, Robert Nelson, Sun Ra, and a documentary that focused on the work of La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, and Pandit Pran Nath. Many of these films were shown over the course of events during the retrospective. The retrospective closed with a private performance by Terry Riley who premiered his work Chasing Satie. .


Dilexi: The SF Chronicle review is at: https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/art-exhibits/dilexi-gallery-and-sf-art-history-live-on-at-brian-gross-crown-point-press

Jonathan Griffin's longer piece in CARLA: https://contemporaryartreview.la/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Dilexi.pdf

Jonathan Griffin's praise for the retrospective in his end of year round-up for In Other Words: https://www.artagencypartners.com/las-most-exciting-exhibitions-were-not-in-museums/

IndependentHQ: https://www.independenthq.com/features/restaging-the-legendary-dilexi-gallery

In this Cultured Mag round-up of the best galleries in Los Angeles according to five curators, February 2020, Elizabeth Dee of Independent highlights the Dilexi retrospective in her mention of the Landing: https://www.culturedmag.com/experts-on-their-favorite-la-galleries/

The LA Times review of the Landing's show: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2019-07-30/dilexi-gallery-retrospective-landing

KCRW's Steve Chiotakis in an excellent conversation with Lindsay Preston Zappas on the retrospective in progress: https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/greater-la/avocados-to-cannabis-why-one-california-farming-family-changed-their-crop/art-from-san-franciscos-famed-dilexi-gallery-comes-to-la

KCRW's Art Talk by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp focusing on the Dilexi Gallery in anticipation of the retrospective: https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/art-talk/all-about-dilexi-gallery-1958-1969