BORN: New York, NY, 1943
Lives and works in San Rafael, CA
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2015–19 Reliquary Series: Wrath and Reverence, Forum Gallery, New York, NY; Divine Ammunition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 21c, Louisville, KY; Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA; University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY; The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX; Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA
2012 Al Farrow, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium
2011 Reliquaries, Catharine Clark Gallery. San Francisco, CA
2008 In The Name of God: War, Religion and the Reliquaries of Al Farrow, de Young, Fine Arts Museums of
San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
2007 Al Farrow, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 Al Farrow, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998 Twentieth Century Reliquaries, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1997 Twentieth Century Reliquaries, La Luz de Jesus Galley, Los Angeles, CA
1996 Twentieth Century Reliquaries, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1994 Sculptures by Al Farrow, Morphos Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 Drawings for the Mimbres Series, Archival Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Mimbres Series, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1990 Heads, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1989 Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
Merced College of Art Gallery, Merced, CA
1988 Twelve Years of Sculpture, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1987 Bronze Sculpture, Brockman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
New Works in Bronze, Himovitz/Salomon Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Gregory Ghent, San Francisco, CA
Lurie Company Building, Atrium Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985 Bronze Sculptures, Penryn Gallery, Seattle, WA
1984 New Bronze Sculptures, Gregory Ghent Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Dancers, Young Gallery, San Jose, CA
Small Bronze Figures, Himovitz/Salomon Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1983 Studies in Bronze After Contemporary Choreography, Gregory Ghent Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1982 The Beggars, Gregory Ghent Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Dancers and Beggars, Tri Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
1980 Dancers, Concourse Gallery, Bank of America Headquarters, San Francisco, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2016 Home Land Security, FOR-SITE Foundation, San Francisco, California
2015 2050: A Brief History of the Future, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
ARTillery: Comtemporary Art Influenced by Weaponry, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ
2013 Tradition of Mayhem, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
2012 Portraiture Post Facebook, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Five Decades: Art and Artists of Forum Gallery 1962-2012, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Reconstructed World, di Rosa, Napa, CA
Peace on Earth: Art Against War, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
Bone Again: Memento Mori, Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec
The Gun & Knife Show, Centraltrak at YT Dallas, Dallas, TX
The Way We Are Now: Selections from the 21c Collection, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
2010 Visions of Paradise, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA
A Closer Look, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Neither Swords Nor Plowshares: The (F)Utility of Aesthetics, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norfolk, CA
The Drawing Room, 14th Street Studio (Catharine Clark Gallery), NY, NY
2009 A Closer Look, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Mostly Sculpture (damn it), Samuel Freeman, Santa Monica, CA
Sordid and Sacred: The Beggar in Rembrandt’s Etchings and Gestures of Compassion: Al Farrow’s Beggars,
Sonoma Valley Museum, Sonoma, CA
Group Exhibition with Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
2008 Freedom of Expression, Sonoma State University Art Gallery,
Rohnert Park, CA
Regime Changes Starts at Home, Martin Irvine Gallery, Washington, D. C.
2007 Ominous Atmosphere, curated by Jeff Dauber, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Contemporary Reliquaries, NAU Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ
2005-06 Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Exhibition traveled to the Katzen Art Center at American University Museum, Washington, DC
2001 Reconstructing Reality, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
Alumni Exhibition, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
1010, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 Spinal Epidural, Please!, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Political Art and Propaganda, Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Pajaro
Valley Gallery, Watsonville, CA
1998 Individual Artist Grantee Showcase Exhibition, Falkirk Cultural Center,
1997 Dark’s Art Parlour: The Periodical of Dark Art, North Hollywood, CA
The Gun and Doll Show, Thomas A. Oldham Gallery, Sacramento, CA
A Celebration of Form, Laguna del Sol, Wilton, CA
Dark Vision 2, Dark’s Art Parlour, Los Angeles, CA
1995 Consumption, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
USA/VDA, Lookout Sculpture Park, Valle d’Aosta, Italy (catalogue)
Artful Urnz, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
North American Sculpture Exhibition, Golden, CO (catalogue)
Through the Door, Contract Design Center, San Francisco, CA
Gun, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1994 Something for Everyone, Morphos Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Michael Himovitz Gallery, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Ars Longa Vita Brevis: IV Time, Mortality, Melancholy, Weir Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Cigar Box Art for Revolutionary Times, Archival Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Maquette Exhibit, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA
1993 Bowls, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
Bout Bicycles, American Bicycle and Cycling Museum, Sacramento, CA
Crow, Gallery Fuzee, San Francisco, CA
Ink and Clay, Holmes Gallery, San Jose, CA
Artist’s Images of AIDS and Images by Artists with AIDS, College of Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield, CA
Beyond Tradition: Works in Bronze, Pacific Rim Sculpture Group, Contract Design Center, San Francisco,
Spring: Rite & Renewal, Weir Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1992 Death and Taxes, Shidoni Galleries, Tesuque, NM
Day of the Dead, Archival Gallery, Sacramento, CA
500 Years Since Columbus, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA (catalogue)
Dog and Pony Show, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Discovery: Contemporary CA Narrations, Himovitz/Miller Gallery, Sacramento, CA. Exhibition traveled to
American Embassy, Brussels, Belgium
1991 The Great American String Along, College of Marin Art Gallery, Kentfield, CA
Portraits of the Artist, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1990 CA Eccentrics, Illinois Union Art Gallery, Urbana, IL
Holidays Are For The Birds, College of Marin Art Gallery, Kentfield, CA
Stones and Bones, Weir Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1989 Bronze, 3 person show, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
Torch and Anvil, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
First Annual Bi-Coastal Exhibition, with Sculptors Guild of New York, San Francisco, CA
National Sculpture Society 56th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY (catalogue)
Heaven, Earth and Spirit, Collins Gallery at St. Peter’s, San Francisco, CA. Exhibition traveled to
100 Artists–100 Ways, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1988 Bay Area Bronze, Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
1987 The Surreal Ecstasy of Women, Colorbox Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Artist & the Myth, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
Bay Area Bronze, Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Series Six, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
1986 Social/Political Response, Third Floor Gallery, Oakland, CA
Life Within Life, Collins Gallery at St. Peter’s, San Francisco, CA
Content–Contemporary Issues, Euphrates Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA (catalogue)
1985 The Figure: An Artistic Vehicle, Creative Growth Gallery, Oakland, CA
A Baker’s Dozen, Himovitz/Salomon Gallery, Sacramento, CA
OK–USA, National Juried Sculpture Exhibition, University Gallery, Cameron University, Lawton, OK
Lenexa National 3 Dimensional Art Show, Legler Barn Museum, Lenexa, KS
Dance Definitions, Transamerica Corporation, traveling exhibition, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA
100 Vows of the Sun, Surrealist Sculpture and Painting, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Contemporary Art/Tribal Sources, Himovitz/Salomon Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1984 Crime and Punishment, Reflections of Violence in Contemporary Art, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
It Figures, Fine Arts Gallery, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
All CA ’84, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA
The Naked Nude, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1982 It Figures, Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco, CA
Bay Arts ’82, San Mateo County Arts Council, Belmont, CA
1981 Discovery ’81, Juried Show, Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA
1978 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Soap Box Derby, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
1976 Alumni Art Show, Invitational, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
1971 The Metal Experience, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
AWARDS & HONORS:
1998 Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, Marin County, CA
1993 Best in Show, Bowls, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1986 Cash Prize, Social/Political Response, Third Floor Gallery, Oakland, CA
1981 First Prize, Discovery ‘81, Juried Show, Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA
Finkel, Jory. “A ‘Home Land Security’ Art Show, at the Foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.” The New York Times. June 23, 2016.
Veltman, Chloe. “Ex-Military Bunkers to Host Major Group Exhibition in San Francisco.” KQED Arts, June 23, 2016.
Havens, Sara. “21c Hosts Powerful Exhibit by Al Farrow, Who Examines the Intersection Between
Religion, War and Death.” Insider Louisville. February 19, 2016. <http://insiderlouisville.com/lifestyle_culture/21c-hosts-powerful-exhibit-by-al-farrow-who-examines-the-intersection-between-religion-war-and-death/>
Roth, David M. “Al Farrow @ Crocker Art Museum.” SquareCylinder.com. November 8, 2015. <http://www.squarecylinder.com/2015/11/al-farrow-crocker-art-museum/>
Dalkey, Victoria. “Art review: ‘Divine Ammunition’ by Al Farrow at the Crocker.” The Sacramento Bee. October 29, 2015.
“Artistic arsenal arrives at Crocker.” Village Life, October 4, 2015. <http://www.villagelife.com/entertainment/artistic-arsenal-arrives-at-crocker/>
Trimble, Lynn. “Artillery at Mesa Contemporary Arts Doesn’t Go Far Enough With Its Message.” The Phoenix New Times. July 16, 2015.
Good, Brittany. “Forum Gallery Presents a Must-See Exhibition of Works by Al Farrow.” InCollect. April 7, 2015 (online) <https://www.incollect.com/articles/forum-gallery-presents-a- must-see-exhibition-of-works-by-al-farrow>
Hedges, Chris, Eleanor Heartney and Diana Daniels. Al Farrow: Wrath & Reverence. Sacramento, California: Forum Gallery in conjunction with Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, 2015.
Cool, Lynn, “Remains of the Day: Contemporary Reliquaries.” Metalsmith, Vol. 34 No. 5, October 2014, pp. 32- 39.
Baker, Luke T. “Recasting Gunmetal: Taking Aim at Violence.” Metalsmith, Vol. 34 No. 2, March 2013, pp. 43-49.
Efimova, Alla and Francesco Spagnolo. The Jewish World: 100 Treasures of Art & Culture, New York, New York: Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2014.
Flood, Greg. “Post-mortem on artMRKT 2013.” San Francisco Examiner (online), June 24, 2013. http://www.examiner.com/article/post-mortem-on-artmrkt-2013
Ed. “ArtMRKT San Francisco Highlights Part 1 of 3.” SFAQ (online), May 2013. http://www.sfaqonline.com/2013/05/artmrkt-san-francisco-highlights-part-1-of-3
Stevenson, Roy. “Al Farrow’s Modern-Day Reliquaries.” Sculpture, July/August 2011.
Chang, DeWitt. “Al Farrow: Catharine Clark Gallery.” Artillery, July/August 2011.
Paulsen, Sasha. “The world reimagined: Di Rosa opens ‘Reconstructed World’” Napa Valley Register, May 04, 2011.
Fellah, Nadiah. “American Qur’an: Sandow Birk at Catharine Clark.” New American Painting, April 19, 2011.
Mort, Belle. “Les os et la mort chez Art mur.” De Visu, April 3, 2011.
LePage, Jocelyne. “Une belle mort.” Arts Et Spectacles: Art Visuels, April 2, 2011.
Batyreva, Amina. “From the graveyard to the gallery.” The McGill Daily, March 19, 2011.
Santiago, Fabiola. “Art Basel The Must List.” The Miami Herald, Saturday, December 4, 2010
Cross Gans, Jennifer. “Al Farrow: The Peaceable Provocateur.” Metalsmith, Vol. 30, No. 3, May 2010, pp.20 – 21.
Dewilde, Michel and Jerome Jacobs. “That’s All Folks! The Clash between reason and destiny.” Stad Brugge, 2009.
Weil, Rex. “Regime Change Starts at Home.” Artnews, January 2009.
Elberg, Anat. “Ghosts of Madoff in the Pudding.” dArt International, Fall/Winter 2009.
Hyun, Michelle. “In the Name of God: War, Religion, and the Reliquaries of Al Farrow.” ARTslant, February 2, 2009.
Ed. “Pulse.” Art Ltd., January/February 2009.
Weil, Rex. “Regime Change at Home.” ARTnews, January 2009.
Ed. “Al Farrow: Regime Starts At Home.” www.irvinecontemporary.com, October 18, 2008.http://irvinecontemporary.com/video/Farrow.php
Guthrie, Julian. “Even art takes a hit in economic downturn.” San Francisco Chronicle, November 16, 2008.
Turner, Chérie L. “Thoughtful, Mindful, Beautiful.” Gazette, November 2008.
O’Sullivan, Michael. “Irvine’s ‘Regime Change’: Strikingly Blunt.” The Washington Post, November 7, 2008.
Ed. “Regime Change Starts at Home on View at Irvine Contemporary.” www.artdaily.org, November 6, 2008. http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=27048
Correa, Christopher. “Ringing the Changes.” Weekend Pass, October 16 – 19, 2008.
Ed. “Art Meets Politics: Shepard Fairey and Al Farrow in Dialogue.” Night & Day, October 2008.
Burgard, Timothy Anglin. Body of Work. San Francisco, California: de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2008.
KH. “Regime Change Starts at Home Show – Washington DC.” www.obamaartreport.com, October 8, 2008. http://www.obamaartreport.com/2008/10/regime-change-starts-at-home-show.html
“Regime Change Starts At Home.”www.obeygiant.com, October 6, 2008.
Libratore, Paul. “Bullets, Bones and Blindness.” Marin Independent Journal, June 26, 2008.
Bradley, Chrissie. “Al Farrow at Catharine Clark Gallery.” Artweek, March 2008.
Feinstein, Lea. “Ominous Atmosphere.” Artnews, January 2008.
Eastman, Dale. “A collector’s guide to the exploding art market.” San Francisco Magazine, January 2008.
Biller-Safran, Francesca. “Al Farrow: Flight of the Daedalus.” Senses, Winter 2007.
Leaverton, Michael. “Bombs Away! The Future Looks Familiar.” SF Weekly, August 24, 2005.
Beeler, Monique, “Artists interpret Sept. 11 at Oakland Art Gallery.” The Oakland Tribune, November 30, 2001.
Chiapella, Julia. “The Art of Propaganda.” Sentinel, September 10, 1999.
Clair, Roxanne. “Exhibit examines political thought and expression through art.” Register-Pajaronian, September 2, 1999.
Reed, Michal. “The Art Academy.” Artweek, March 1999.
Ed. “Al Farrow.” Juxtapose Magazine, January 1999.
Nguyen, Michelle. “Arts Council Awards Grant–San Rafael Sculptor Tops List with $10,000 Prize.” Marin Independent Journal, August 22, 1998.
Ed. “Reporters Notebook” Marin Independent Journal, August 25, 1998.
Dalkey, Victoria. “Postmodern Potpourri.” The Sacramento Bee, February 1, 1998.
Ed. “Art Pick–Four Artists, Four Mediums.” Sacramento News, January 22, 1998.
Scott, Sean. “Guns, not roses, are the subject of Al Farrow’s unusual–even disturbing–aesthetic journey.” Examiner Magazine, November 17, 1996.
Jenkins, Steve. “Al Farrow at Catharine Clark Gallery.” Artweek, November 1996.
Ed. “Artful UrnZ.” Artistwriter, November/December 1995.
Underwood, Tyson. “Arts: Smorgasbord Show.” Pacific Sun, May 17 – 23, 1995.
Ed. “Morphos Gallery.” SF Live, May/June 1994.
Ashley, Beth. “Art is Where You Find It.” Marin Independent Journal, May 12, 1994.
Dalkey, Victoria. “A romp through the city’s gallery scene, circa 1908s.” The Sacramento Bee, February 27, 1994.
Johnson, Holly. “Death Takes a Holiday.” Sacramento Bee, October 1992.
Loft, Deborah. “Art and Controversy.” Artists Dialogue, July/August 1992.
Ayres, Jane. “Art Recalls 500 Years Since Columbus.” Peninsula Times Tribune, March 19, 1992.
Nixon, Bruce. “Across the Ocean Blue.” Artweek, February 20, 1992.
Ed. “500 Since Columbus Continues at Triton Museum.” Silicon Valley Visitor’s Guide, February 1992.
Burkhart, Dorothy. “Thirty Artists, and 30 Ways To See Christopher Columbus.” San Jose Mercury News, January 31, 1992.
Owens, Ross. “Triton Re-Discovers Columbus.” Santa Clara Weekly, January 29, 1992.
Underwood, Tyson. “Shotgun Approach.” Pacific Sun, November 1, 1991.
Sardar, Zahid. “The Art Preserve.” San Francisco Examiner/Image Magazine, October 13, 1991.
Carter, Becky. “Interview: Al Farrow.” Artists Dialogue, May/June 1991.
“Farrow Figurative Works in Bronze.” WESTART, Vol. 28, No. 3, October 27, 1989
Ed. “Fashion Figure.” Marin Independent Journal, February 9, 1989.
Johnson, Holly. “Startling Art at Himovitz Gallery.” The Sacramento Union, October 13, 1988.
Dalkey, Victoria. “Sculpture: The 8-Sided Wonder of the World.” Sacramento Bee Encore, May 24, 1987.
Roszak, John. “Art Notes.” KQED-TV, February 1986.
“100 Vows of the Sun.” San Francisco, California: Seers Institute, 1985.
Burnstein Hays, Joanne. “Too Many Muses.” Artweek, April 27, 1985.
California Magazine, December 1984.
Ross, Janice. “One Art Studies Another in Four Bay Area Shows.” Oakland Tribune, June 19, 1983.
Roszak, John. “Breaking the Mold.” KQED-TV, aired May 1983.
Ed. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: California Artists Cookbook, New York, New York. Abbeville Press Publishers: 1982.
Terwoman, Beverly. “Art Review.” Independent Journal, June 13, 1981.
Hillinger, Charles. “Vineyard Art Opening Up a New Field.” Los Angeles Times, October 19, 1980.
Heymann, Ann.”Al Farrow at Concourse Gallery.” Art Voices South, July/August 1980.
Ross, Janice. “Marin County Sculptor Created Life-Like Bronze of Work of Dancers.” Oakland Tribune, April 4, 1980.
“Streifzug Durch Munchner Galerien.” AZ Munchen, March 20, 1980.
“Tanzer in Training un Ruheposen.” Suddeutsce Zeitung, March 20, 1980.
Pileggi, Sara. “Popsicles and Pythons.” Sports Illustrated Magazine, July 23, 1979.
Liberattore, Paul. “Sculpture Is His Profession.” Independent Journal, July 10, 1979.
Ross, Cissy and R.H. “Artist Soap Box Derby, Highly Motivated Creativity.” Road & Track Magazine, November 1978.
Blum, Walter. “The Day Art Took a Ride.” San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner, August 13, 1978.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artist’s Soap Box Derby Magazine, May 21, 1978.
Culler Noble, Stephanie. “Sketches of Marin Artists–Inspiration and Themselves.” Independent Journal, January 21, 1978.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA
de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature, Napa, CA
Government of the State of Israel
Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Raleigh, NC
Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA
Olbricht Collection, Essen, Germany
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden